NBC renews ‘The Blacklist’ for 10th season

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NBC has renewed its espionage thriller drama “The Blacklist” for a 10th season.

Star James Spader made the announced on “The Tonight Show” Feb. 22, 2022.

Spader has been a lead on the show since it premiered in 2013. His character, Raymond “Red” Reddington, is a fugitive and criminal mastermind who, after being captured by the FBI, claims to have a list — the show’s namesake — of those who operate in the underworld around the globe.

The series originally also featured Megan Boone as his handler, FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, before she departed after Season 8.

NBC is currently airing the 9th season of the show.

The show’s traditional linear ratings have slid from a Season 1 high of around 14.95 million on average to about 5.47 million in Season 8.

However, the show performs much better, averaging about 22 million viewers, once linear and digital numbers are combined. It also typically doubles its live and same day average once on demand streaming and other formats are factored in.

It wasn’t immediatley clear how many episodes will be in Season 10, but all but one season have had a 22 episode order.

Reaching 10 seasons is no small feat for any show (even the hit “Friends” called it quits after a decade on the air), and “The Blacklist” will continue to creep up on episode counts of NBC hits such as “The Facts of Life,” “The Office” and “Little House on the Prairie.”