🔴 NEWS About The Blacklist

Last Updated: 11/26/2017
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BlacklistDCd/IMDb: According to IMDb polling, Ian Garvey is the highest rated Blacklist episode ever. This polling is open-ended, so it could change slightly. Still, it’s 10 days after airing, so it’s likely pretty reliable. Ian Garvey was the best episode of any series I personally have ever seen. – LB90
// 11/25/2017


Hollywood Reporter: ‘The Blacklist’ Parts Ways With an Original Series Star http://bit.ly/2A1OQFw
// 11/15/2017

“Of all the words I’ve written on the show, two of the hardest were when Red [James Spader] told Liz [Megan Boone]: ‘Tom’s dead.’ Nooooo! We’ll miss the intensity, range and just plain bad ass-ness Ryan [Eggold] brought to the part. Won’t come as any surprise — but he went down swinging!” Eisendrath, who wrote Wednesday’s episode with Bokenkamp, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. …

“I feel incredibly lucky to have played a role with such a uniquely dynamic evolution,” Eggold said in a statement to THR. “I’m grateful for the time spent working with Megan, James and the entire cast. I’m thankful to the incredibly hard-working crew for consistently making the show better. Sony and NBC have both been deeply supportive, conscientious and adept in managing the show. Mostly I’m indebted to Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath and the writers for continuing to elevate the show creatively and always impassioning me to further explore the true nature of this character. I will miss this TV family immensely and diligently look forward to the opportunity to embody new characters and tell new stories.”


GettyImages: NBC’s “The Blacklist” – 100th Episode Celebration http://gtty.im/2jnEKEh
// 11/13/2017, Full photoset at link, #TheBlacklist

Getty Images. Pictured: (l-r) John Fox, Executive Producer; Chris Parnell, Co-President, Sony Pictures Television; Diego Klattenhoff; Amir Arison; Hisham Tawfiq; Jon Bokenkamp, Series Creator & Executive Producer; Megan Boone; Jeffrey Frost, President, Sony Pictures Television; Harry Lennix; James Spader; Mozhan Marnò; Ryan Eggold; John Eisendrath, Executive Producer & Showrunner from The Blacklist set on Monday, November 13, 2017


TVLine: TVLine Items: Nathan Lane on Blacklist, Emmy Rossum Is Angelyne and More http://bit.ly/2hu9a7b
// 11/13/2017

A very special guest is stopping by The Blacklist‘s 100th episode.

Nathan Lane (The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) will appear in the milestone installment as criminal Abraham Stern, who manipulates the desperate into committing illegal and immoral acts so that he can claim his birthright fortune.

“Nathan Lane is someone we’ve wanted to have on The Blacklist for a very long time, so when we started crafting our 100th episode, we decided to try and do something special and write a part specifically with Nathan in mind,” executive producer Jon Bokenkamp said in a statement. “Imagine our excitement when he said yes! We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him to the Blacklist family of criminals, weirdos and nut-jobs. I promise, watching Nathan Lane and James Spader together on screen is going to be an absolute blast.”


FutonCritic: Ratings: “Blacklist” Equals Its 2nd High Since November 2016 http://bit.ly/2hTwBua
// 10/5/2017, [via press release from NBC]

“The Blacklist” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

➔ Equals the show’s second-highest 18-49 rating since Nov. 10, 2016 (1.2 Thursday at 10 p.m.), trailing over that span only last week’s season premiere (1.1)

➔ Delivers its second most-watched episode since that same date (5.870 million), trailing over that span only last week’s season debut (6.388 million).

➔ Is up +25% in 18-49 versus where the show was running at the end of last season on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. during the May sweep (1.0 vs. 0.8) and +19% in total viewers (5.773 million vs. 4.860 million).

➔ Will grow dramatically via time-shifting and VOD – last season, “Blacklist” increased by +107% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (1.00 to a 2.07) and more than +4.3 million viewers overall (5.3 million to 9.7 million).

➔ Upscale: “Blacklist” delivered a strong upscale audience last season, indexing at a 126 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).


EntertainmentWeekly: The Blacklist: A familiar face returns to team with Tom http://bit.ly/2wyaj3f
// 10/3/2017, Piter Marek as Nik


NYT: What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Liar’ and ‘The Blacklist’ http://nyti.ms/2wkD57s
// 9/27/2017

THE BLACKLIST 8 p.m. on NBC. The criminal mastermind Raymond Reddington (James Spader) bounces back from the dismantling of his criminal organization in the previous season. Seeing its demise as a fresh start, an opportunistic Reddington redesigns the enterprise from the ground up with Liz (Megan Boone), who — after four seasons of speculation — was revealed to be his daughter. But a mysterious suitcase full of skeletal remains hints that a bigger shock is yet to come. Season 5 begins with Reddington’s sketchy plan to have Liz send a new Blacklister to infiltrate the Task Force. Michael Aronov (“Oslo”) and Aida Turturro (“The Sopranos”) are guest stars.


♤ NBCNews: Muslim, Marine, Firefighter: ‘The Blacklist’ Actor Hisham Tawfiq Isn’t Your Token http://nbcnews.to/2xN08uR
// 9/27/2017


♤ Grist: The Blacklist’s Megan Boone has a new target: climate change http://bit.ly/2yyvanN
// 9/26/2017
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FilmMusicReporter: Score Album for NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ to Be Released http://bit.ly/2wOju3Q
// 9/15/2017

Madison Gate Records will release a score album for the NBC drama The Blacklist. The album features selections from the show’s original music composed by Dave Porter (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Preacher, The Disaster Artist). The soundtrack will be released digitally next Friday, September 22, and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The label has previously released a soundtrack featuring a number of songs from the show’s first two season back in 2015.


BroadwayWorld: Tony Winner Michael Aronov to Guest Star on NBC’s THE BLACKLIST http://bit.ly/2fLBwcG
// 8/3/2017

BWW has learned that the first episode of season 5 of NBC’s THE BLACKLIST will feature Michael Aronov, who won this year’s Tony Award for OSLO as Featured Actor in a Play, and Aida Turturro, the twice Emmy-nominated actress for her role on “The Sopranos,” in recurring guest star roles.

Aronov plays Smokey Putnam, an expert in the art and science of logistics who once managed the travel arrangements of a magnificent, yet unusual, business, but has since fallen on hard times, currently on the run accused of embezzling over $2 million.

Turturro plays Hawkins, the brilliant accountant for an unusual business who has saved her own skin by cutting a deal with the Feds against a former business partner she absolutely loathes.


SpoilersGuide: The Blacklist Season 5 Spoilers: NBC Moves Up Premiere http://bit.ly/2hu7ji7
// 8/2/2017, premiere date moved up to 9/27/2027


CarterMatt: Beyond The Blacklist season 5, what is the series’ lifespan? http://bit.ly/2ym94oA
// 7/15/2017

Story-wise, it’s a show that has also resolved, seemingly, one of its biggest mysteries: Whether or not Raymond Reddington is really Elizabeth Keen’s father. The DNA proves that he is … or we should say that the DNA from many decades ago proves that he is. The distinction there is that there’s the imposter theory floating around out there suggesting that the Reddington we’ve come to know is not the same man. It’s an interesting topic, and it’s one we’ve discussed over here. That’s not really the point of this article. The question that has to be asked in the context of this article is this: Is there enough of a carrot dangling over the heads of casual fans to convince them to keep watching? Personally, we think so, but the proof will be in the ratings this coming fall.

One of the things going for the show is that it’s popular all over the world, it has a very good streaming deal with Netflix, it’s inspired comic books and other merchandise, and it’s got some really great actors in the cast. We don’t look at the cancellation of The Blacklist: Redemption as a sign that this show is done; the only way we foresee that happening next season is if the ratings plummet below a 0.8 or so in the 18-49 demographic on a regular basis.

If there is a time to worry more about the future of The Blacklist, it may be around season 6 or season 7 — otherwise known as the time when new cast members start to get new contracts. Networks take on more of the salary burden over time, and shows often get more expensive as people get raises. At that point, NBC may decide to cut bait with the show if the numbers continue to fall — but for now, there should be no reason to end it at season 5, provided that the cast all signed the typical six or seven-season deal before the show began.


ChristianPost: ‘The Blacklist’ Season 5: Enrique Murciano Announces Exit from Series http://bit.ly/2xqEGfH
// 7/3/2017, I’m sorry to hear this


The Blacklist Season 5 Premieres: Wednesday, Oct 4, 8pm ET in the US: New Day and Time http://bit.ly/2s2An3B //➔ has since been changed to Wednesday, Sep 27, 8pm ET
// 6/19/2017


From TweepsMap.com (@Tweepsmap), Twitter Followers by Country for Twitter account @BlacklistDCd indicates that 53.6% of followers are from the US, with the U.K. And Brazil next with 7.2% each. Though the country mix is slightly different from the visitors to this blog, the mix of about 55% US vs 45% International (non-US) is consistent. Taken together (see below), this indicates the extensive international reach of The Blacklist. Thanks, everyone! ♡ ི•̮͡• ૂ ྀ ♡
// 6/1/2017


BlacklistDCd: Season 4 Blog Stats http://wp.me/PDKwi-14T
// 5/27/2017

Notes: Weekly Visit Stats (left): The bottom panel is on a different scale (0-6000 vs 0-4000). This shows a large uptick for the Two-Episode Season Finale. The orange columns may be partial weeks. Country Stats (right): Stats are for 2017 only. Total visits (as of 5/27/2017, 9:33am CT) are 70,283 visits. Of these, 36,155 are U.S. Percentages: United States: 51%, Other Countries: 49%.

For 2017 only: Most people are looking for scripts, especially accessing the “Easy-Search” versions. 🔥Red Hot Fan Fiction🔥comes next, followed by Clues. “What is the Cabal?” is the top article. The top individual script remains “Cape May” from 2016 (still the most popular script in 2017), followed by “Requiem.” Clearly, people are interested in the backstory.


IndieWire: These Are the 100 Most-Watched TV Shows of the 2016-17 Season: Winners and Losers http://bit.ly/2rqXTLG
// 5/26/2017, The Blacklist #31 (of 100 in Total Viewers), tied for #30 (with 8 others, in The Demo ~ 18-49 yo’s)


TVSeriesFinale: NBC 2016-17 Season Ratings http://bit.ly/2qr83Y7
// 5/26/2017



Netscape/Reuters: 2016-17 TV Season: NBC Leads Demo, CBS Takes Viewers, ‘This Is Us’ No. 1 New Show http://bit.ly/2r7r040
// 5/26/2017

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – The 2016-17 TV season has officially concluded, with NBC claiming the overall top spot in adults 18-49 and CBS winning the season in total viewers, according to Nielsen’s current numbers (live-plus-seven for all but the last two weeks of the season ending May 24). …

Compared to last year, only Fox stayed even in the key demo. CBS suffered the biggest drop, shedding 22% of its audience in the demo year-over-year. ABC dropped 16%, with the CW next at a drop of 12%, while NBC slipped just 5%. In total viewers, it was much the same story. Fox and NBC improved slightly, with Fox ticking up 1% and NBC up 0.1% from the 2015-16 season. Despite taking the top spot, CBS was down 12% in viewers. ABC dropped 9% and The CW lost 9%. Nevertheless, Fox has its most watched primetime in three years. …

Most broadcast shows saw declines in ratings yet again. “Empire” remained one of the top-rated shows on television with a 4.3, making it the third highest-rated scripted show behind “This Is Us” and “Big Bang.” However, the show suffered a 33% drop in the demo compared to last season. ABC’s “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” saw similar drops, with both shows dropping over 20% each. NBC’s “The Blacklist” saw a 25% drop, while “Chicago Med” dipped 13%. However, “Chicago Fire” held even and “Chicago P.D.” even improved slightly. …

Adults 18-49 Rating, All programs
The CW…0.7

Total Viewers, All Programs
CBS…9.6 million
NBC…8.1 million
ABC…6.2 million
Fox…5.8 million
The CW…1.8 million

Top 50 Programs for Adults 18-49

18-49 Rank, PROGRAM, NETWORK, 18-49 2016-17 RTG,
18-49 2015-16 RTG, % CHANGE, TOTAL VIEWERS (000)

1. NBC Sunday Night Football NBC 6.9 7.5 -8% 20120
2. NBC Thursday Night Football NBC 5.9 N/A N/A 17113
3. CBS Thursday Night Football CBS 5.0 5.7 -13% 14786
4. The Big Bang Theory CBS 4.9 5.8 -15% 19029
5. This is Us NBC 4.8 N/A N/A 15299
6. Empire FOX 4.3 6.4 -33% 11196
7. Modern Family ABC 3.4 3.7 9% 10786
8. Grey’s Anatomy ABC 3.5 3.6 -3% 11234
9. The Bachelor ABC 3.1 3.0 3% 9003
10. The Voice (Mon) NBC 3.0 3.4 -11% 12619
11. The Voice (Tue) NBC 2.9 3.1 -5% 12510
12. Designated Survivor ABC 2.9 N/A N/A 12104
13. How to Get Away With Murder ABC 2.6 3.5 -25% 7907
14. Scandal ABC 2.6 3.4 -24% 8623
15. Survivor CBS 2.5 2.8 -10% 10523
16. NCIS CBS 2.5 3.1 -19% 18402
17. Chicago Fire NBC 2.5 2.5 0% 10684
18. The Goldbergs ABC 2.5 2.5 0% 7791
19. Law & Order: SVU NBC 2.4 2.3 4% 8785
20. Criminal Minds CBS 2.4 2.9 -17% 10897
21. Black-ish ABC 2.4 2.4 0% 7374
22. Lethal Weapon FOX 2.4 N/A N/A 9176
23. Chicago P.D. NBC 2.4 2.2 7% 10140
24. Bull CBS 2.2 N/A N/A 15503
25. Kevin Can Wait CBS 2.2 N/A N/A 9246
26. Speechless ABC 2.2 N/A N/A 6972
27. The Simpsons Fox 2.1 2.1 0% 4936
28. American Housewife ABC 2.1 N/A N/A 7034
29. The Middle ABC 2.1 2.3 -8% 7795
30. Dancing With the Stars ABC 2.1 2.2 -4% 12627
31. The Blacklist NBC 2.1 2.8 -26% 9705
32. Timeless NBC 2.1 N/A N/A 7987
33. Chicago Med NBC 2.1 2.4 -14% 9908
34. 24: Legacy Fox 2.1 N/A N/A 7321
35. Scorpion CBS 2.0 2.5 -18% 10681
36. Star FOX 2.0 N/A N/A 5974
37. Hunted CBS 2.0 N/A N/A 7259
38. Family Guy Fox 2.0 2.2 -10% 4025
39. Life in Pieces CBS 1.9 2.7 -28% 8168
40. Mom CBS 1.9 2.3 -15% 9440
41. The Good Place NBC 1.9 N/A N/A 6015
42. NCIS: New Orleans CBS 1.9 2.3 -17% 13428
43. The Flash CW 1.9 1.7 10% 4724
44. Gotham FOX 1.9 2.1 -11% 5229
45. Saturday Night Football ABC 1.9 1.6 16% 6041
46. Lucifer Fox 1.8 2.4 -23% 6072
47. Blue Bloods CBS 1.8 1.8 0% 14071
48. 2 Broke Girls CBS 1.8 2.3 -20% 7025
50. The Mick Fox 1.8 N/A N/A 4606
Source: Nielsen

Bolded: NBC scripted shows.

The Blacklist was NBC’s 5th highest rated scripted show among those 18-49 yo (“The Demo” or ‘preferred demographic’). It ranks in the top 3rd among total viewers and is 2nd of all shows in delayed viewing (DVR) within a week (L✛7). Also, factor in its lucrative Netflix contract, high “upscale” rating (popularity among high income households: >$100K) and its international popularity. – LizzieB90


SpoilerTV: NBC Wins 2016-17 Primetime Season in 18-49 Ratings Demo http://bit.ly/2s0ZSmW
// 5/23/2017

Leading NBC’s dominant season were the #1 new series and #1 broadcast drama, “This Is Us”; the #1 and #2 primetime series on broadcast television, NBC Sports’ “Sunday Night Football” and “Thursday Night Football”; consistent Monday and Tuesday wins keyed by “The Voice”; slot wins in 18-49 or total viewers delivered by each of the network’s “Chicago” dramas; and time-period improvements generated by the relocated series “The Blacklist,” “Shades of Blue,” “Superstore” and “Blindspot.”


SpoilerTV: Live+7 DVR Ratings – 2016/2017 Season http://bit.ly/2r5orix
// 5/22/2017


BroadwayWorld: NBC’s THE BLACKLIST Equals Its High Since January; Grows Week to Week http://bit.ly/2qoPZyh
// 5/19/2017, “Upscale: ‘Blacklist’ is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 126 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.”

TVSeriesFinale: Thursday TV Ratings: Grey’s Anatomy, The Blacklist, The Amazing Race, Supernatural, MasterChef Junior
// 5/19/2019, ratings for final two S4 episodes (4:21 Mr Kaplan and 4:22 Mr Kaplan – Conclusion) are in the middle of the pack


CinemaBlend: NBC’s 2017-2018 Fall TV Schedule Announced, Includes This Is Us And Surprising Shake-Ups http://bit.ly/2qdm4t5
// 5/16/2017, The Blacklist has a new timeslot: 8-9pmET (Eastern Time) Wednesdays


CinemaBlend: The Blacklist: Redemption Cancelled, No Season 2 At NBC http://bit.ly/2rdCwh3
// 5/16/2017

[I]t has been stated in the past that Tom Keen will return to The Blacklist. With The Blacklist: Redemption officially done, it will be interesting to see how the series attempts to tie in Tom’s story from the canceled series and possibly incorporate some of the other characters. Or, perhaps, we’ll see the flagship show attempting to quietly pretend as though this experiment never happened. That doesn’t seem likely, considering Season 1 ended with Tom unwittingly putting his evil father in charge of Halcyon, and the receiving proof his father is evil. With the renewal of The Blacklist coming down yesterday, the odds are in favor of the writers having time to rework any ideas Season 5 had in place, as well as securing Eggold’s role in the upcoming season.

The good news is, adding Terry O’ Quinn as Tom Keen’s father for a couple episodes of The Blacklist could provide a ratings boost. The bad news, though, is that Season 4 of The Blacklist is teasing a big reveal that could cause complications when trying to balance two different and increasingly complicated stories, should they try to come together in Season 5. Let’s hope the writers do right by The Blacklist: Redemption fans while still doing what’s best for The Blacklist.


BroadwayWorld: NBC’s The Blacklist Matches Highest 18-49 Rating Since January http://bit.ly/2qeemBh
// 5/12/2017


TVByTheNumbers: ‘The Blacklist’ scores a fifth season on NBC http://bit.ly/2q88JpK
// 5/11/2017

The network announced Thursday that it’s picked up a fifth season of “The Blacklist,” the espionage drama starring James Spader as Reddington and Megan Boone as his partner in crime-avenging, former FBI agent Elizabeth Keene. Season 5 will run for 22 episodes and take the show past the 100-episode milestone.

The show’s ratings have taken a sizable hit this season, but renewal has seemed like a fairly safe bet for a while. That’s in part because the show has a lucrative streaming deal with Netflix, which paid a reported $2 million per episode to acquire streaming rights following the show’s first season.

“The Blacklist” is averaging a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.34 million viewers in its initial airing this season, down from 1.4 (-29 percent) and 6.83 million (-22 percent) last season. It improves considerably with a week of DVR and on demand playback, rising to 2.1 in the 18-49 demo and 9.9 million viewers.


Variety: ‘The Blacklist: Redemption’ Canceled by NBC http://bit.ly/2rd4LZW
// 5/11/2017, “Eggold will now rejoin “The Blacklist” as a series regular”


Deadline: ‼️‘The Blacklist’ Renewed For Season 5 By NBC ‼️ http://bit.ly/2pCYBkJ
// 5/11/2017


EntertainmentWeekly: The Blacklist renewed: But what about Redemption? http://bit.ly/2pDBntH
// 5/11/2017


TVSeriesFinale: The Blacklist: Is the NBC TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Five? http://bit.ly/2nHfppP
// 5/3/2017

“Telly’s Take:
“Once NBC’s biggest drama series, The Blacklist is down in the ratings again this season. With four full seasons, The Blacklist will have enough episodes for a decent syndication package. However, it still performs reasonably well on a tough night. Word is that NBC will likely renew the show for a fifth season.”

Updated daily with regard to cancellation status. I just noticed this prediction today – LizzieB90


NYT: Hollywood Writers and Studios, Scrambling to Avert Strike, Reach Last-Minute Deal http://nyti.ms/2pYqkzY
// 5/2/2017


TVByTheNumbers: Cancel Bear vs. NBC, week 32: Verdicts on ‘Trial & Error’ and ‘Taken’ are not good http://bit.ly/2px8jHO
// 5/2/2017, TBL rated 🐻🐻🐻🐻 = “likely to be renewed by May 2017”


TVRatingsGuide: NBC Renew/Cancel: Great News is a Likely Renewal…For Now http://bit.ly/2p5KGmb
// 5/2/2017; “last night’s airing” for TBL is noted but post was updated online on May 2; post includes coverage of all shows

“The Blacklist tied its series low for last night’s airing. But, the series still isn’t doing too bad compared to most 10 pm shows, Shades of Blue has gone as low as a 0.7. NBC will also want to get more episodes for syndication, so Blacklist is a safe bet.”


ChristianPost: ‘The Blacklist’ Season 4 Episode 19 Spoilers (‼️): Red Reaches Out to Mr. Kaplan http://bit.ly/2pUiwzc
// 5/2/2017


TVGuide: The Blacklist Exclusive: The Reven Wright Investigation Heats Up bit.ly/2pUrtZq
// 5/2/2017


My thoughts on The Blacklist’s renewal status:

// 4/29/2017

I’ve been trying to read the tea leaves on renewal likelihood recently. Some of the sources I’ve looked at are listed below.

My sense is that renewal chance is ≃ 65-70% (I want to say 75%!) for a Season 5. Obviously, there are factors that I know little about. What I do know is: Though nothing to write home about, ratings are okay. The real strengths are The Blacklist’s upscale audience (household income >$100k) and its popularity outside of the US.

Plus, the show regularly tops the live+7day ratings, doubling its audience regularly by 100%✛ within a week. This indicates either (or both) a poor time slot (yes!) and that show is complex (yes!). Also, that Live+7day rating is DVR viewers only, and does not include Netflix, iTunes, Amazon etc (or, for that matter, DVD sales). One would think (wouldn’t they?) that a show with strong DVR ratings would be stronger that usual in these other delayed-viewing formats as well, no?

To me, too, these comments (below) by NBC exec Jennifer Salke from March give me reason to hope that the network judges the show by some of these additional metrics.

I wonder: How far ahead of us do the IPs know the fate of their show? Are they forced to write alternative final episodes for the season in the possibility the show will be cancelled? Because the show seems to be reaching for a climax, cycling back with flashbacks to Season 1 with a final two-hour conclusion this year – for the first time.

Uh oh … (Updated 8:15 pm)

For a while, I took solace in the fact the top SIX Blacklisters are still “out there” (see next post ⇊ ⇊). Then it hit me: Red, Liz, Cooper, Ressler, Samar, Aram ➔ SIX! Add Kaplan at #9. Too late to change my odds?

This is what I lose sleep over. …


BlacklistDCd: List of Top Blacklisters as of Today http://wp.me/pDKwi-4aS
// 4/29/2017, see above post


TVSeriesFinale: NBC 2016-17 Season Ratings (updated 4/29/17) http://bit.ly/2qr83Y7
// 4/29/2017



CarterMatt: Ratings: The Blacklist fights to keep season 5 renewal hopes alive http://bit.ly/2peVIsq
// 4/28/2017

The good news is that the NBC show did win the timeslot last night with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. …

[W]e’re still optimistic just because we don’t see NBC wanting to have the high-profile issue of canceling one of their biggest franchises. This is one that is popular all over the globe, and it has a marquee star in James Spader. It also performs far better in the DVR figures than Redemption did, and we just can’t imagine them wanting to get rid of it this season.


Ranker: The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows bit.ly/2qhqfnY
// as of 4/28/2017, The Blacklist ranks #12 (of 50 shows)


TVSeriesFinale: The Blacklist: NBC Releases Descriptions for the Two-Hour (Series?) Finale http://bit.ly/2qfM4Hq
// 4/28/2017

Is it the end of the road for the Concierge of Crime? NBC has released the episode descriptions for The Blacklist TV show’s two-hour season four finale. Will it prove to be The Blacklist series finale, as well? … [ Spoilers ]


LateNightFeud: James Spader Awkwardly Posed for Fan Photos with His Fly Open [ video ] goo.gl/CTv7Pb
// 4/27/2017


NBC/LA: ‘Late Night’: James Spader Hates Film Crews in New York http://goo.gl/PRqvvL
// 4/27/2017, “James Spader … says it’s unfair when film crews inconvenience him and other New Yorkers, even if the crew is from the spin-off of ‘The Blacklist.'”


GoldenSpiralMedia/Chicago ComicCon: BLE81 – Inside The Blacklist at C2E2 with Jon Bokenkamp & Cast http://goo.gl/Yh3Vbd [ audio] 1:10:15
// 4/26/2017, audio interview: Exec Producer Jon Bokenkamp and Actors Amir Arison (Aram Mojtabai) and Susan Blommaert (Mr Kaplan)


New Book‼️ G Walter Bush: Unpacking “The Blacklist”: Season 1 Interpreted http://amzn.to/2q4Me1f https://twitter.com/BlacklistDCd/status/857195881002659840/photo/1
// 4/23/2017, 138 pages

Want to see the series from a deeper perspective? Unpacking “The Blacklist”: Season One is the thinking Blacklister’s dream. Appealing to the typical viewer, G. Walter Bush interprets the NBC series’ audio-visual text, focusing on facets of its plot, theme, characterization, imagery, soundtrack and cinematography that many don’t detect and mark the show as a work of literary sophistication. The Season One volume focuses primarily on the debut season’s four central characters: Raymond Reddington, Agent Elizabeth Keen, Tom Keen, and Special Agent Donald Ressler. Volumes on future seasons will feature increased attention to the supporting cast as individual characters enjoy enhanced development.

The Author: Holding degrees in literature from two institutions, Westmont College (B.A.) and the University of California, Irvine (M.A.), G. Walter Bush has spent his life analyzing texts. His analysis of movies and television shows began with his masters thesis devoted to Ridley Scott’s classic science fiction movie “Blade Runner”. Unpacking “The Blacklist” Season 1 is his third book, following former Amazon TV:Guides & Reviews bestsellers Unpacking “Chuck” and Unpacking “Chuck” 2.0. He is already at work on the Season 2 installment of Unpacking “The Blacklist”. He lives with his family in Southern California.


BroadwayWorld: NBC’s THE BLACKLIST Wins Time Slot in Total Viewers http://bit.ly/2p8UOhG
// 4/21/2017

NBC’s THE BLACKLIST (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) wins the slot among ABC, CBS and NBC in total viewers. Delivers NBC’s biggest audience in the hour since Feb. 9 (4.914 million). With the show’s first regular-slot telecast in nine weeks, ties for #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49. Also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among those nets in adults, men and women 25-54, men 18-49 and men 18-34. On a night of high-rated NBA Playoff competition on TNT, finishes within 0.1 of its most recent telecast in the show’s regular 10 p.m. slot in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.9 on Feb. 16) and grows in total viewers (4.809 million vs. 4.759 million). Will increase dramatically via time-shifting and VOD – “Blacklist” has grown by +108% in 18-49 rating so far this season going from L+SD to L+7 (1.05 to a 2.18) and +4.5 million viewers overall (5.5 million to 10.0 million). Upscale: “Blacklist” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 126 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.


Yahoo: ‘The Blacklist’: Hisham Tawfiq Reveals What Would Turn Dembe Against Red http://yhoo.it/2pjDEP1
// 4/20/2017


TVInsider: Did Dembe Poison Red? What’s Coming up for ‘The Blacklist’? http://bit.ly/2pH3Nan
// 4/20/2017


EOnline: How Megan Boone Grew Up With The Blacklist http://eonli.ne/2oURJPQ
// 4/20/2017


HuffPo: Hisham Tawfiq Talks ‘Blacklist’ Betrayals, and Why ‘Strong and Silent’ Wasn’t His Idea http://huff.to/2oZhII7
// 4/20/2017

TVGuide: The Blacklist Mega Buzz: Who Is Red’s Most Formidable Foe Yet? http://bit.ly/2o7LvPC
// 4/19/2017


ABCNews: The Blacklist actor’s real-life roles: Marine, NYC firefighter http://abcn.ws/2pDN2Ke
// 4/19/2017, Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma


CarterMatt: The Blacklist season 4 spoilers: James Spader on Dembe Zuma betrayal http://bit.ly/2oqG4XY
// 4/19/2017


ETOnline: ‘Blacklist’ Star Megan Boone Promises ‘Exciting’ Return, Says Motherhood Has Been ‘Mind-Bending’ http://et.tv/2oODPk9
// 4/19/2017


CarterMatt: The Blacklist season 4 finale forecast: Reddington, Liz, and a hope for closure http://bit.ly/2oZdArG
// 4/18/2017


TVSeriesFinale: The Blacklist: Is the NBC TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Five? http://bit.ly/2nHfppP
// Updated daily!


TVByTheNumbers: Cancel Bear vs. NBC, week 30: ‘The Blacklist’ should be back; ‘Blindspot,’ not so fast http://bit.ly/2ph7ioi
// 4/18/2017; TBL given “🐻🐻🐻🐻” rating = “likely to be renewed by May 2017”


Chicago ComicCon (Apr 21-23): Inside NBC’s The Blacklist with Creator Jon Bokenkamp http://bit.ly/2oGNEAy
// upcoming ⋙ 4/22/2017 3:00-4:00pm CT


ScreenSpy: EXCLUSIVE: THE BLACKLIST is Coming Back and Here’s What You Need to Know http://bit.ly/2p0ocYd
// 4/10/2017


ScreenerTV: The ‘Redemption’ connections to ‘The Blacklist’ are piling up in the coolest ways http://bit.ly/2n8eAbv
// 3/17/2017


MediaLife: NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ jumps among DVR viewers http://bit.ly/2mXDDw9
// 3/13/2017

NBC’s “The Blacklist” isn’t a top-rated show, but it is a DVR all-star.

The Feb. 23 episode of the James Spader drama posted a 1.9 rating among viewers 18-49 with seven-day DVR playback added in, according to Nielsen. That was up 1.0 point or 111 percent from its original 0.9 live-plus-same-day DVR playback rating.

Its 111 percent growth was among the top during the week ended Feb. 26. It’s additional 1.0 in ratings tied for the sixth-most growth for the week, behind NBC’s “This Is Us” (2.5), CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” (1.8) and ABC’s “Modern Family” (1.6), “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.4) and “How to Get Away With Murder” (1.3). …

Blacklist’ also soars among total viewers
The Blacklist” also showed strong growth among total viewers. It added 3.95 million through seven-day DVR playback, giving it an L+7 total of 8.93 million.


TVSeriesFinale: The Blacklist: Season Five? NBC Boss Discusses the Thursday Series http://bit.ly/2n4aXTS
// 3/8/2017

Season four of The Blacklist is on hiatus until April 20th and ratings have been down for the show. Season four has been earning an average rating of 1.06 in the 18-49 demo and 5.471 million viewers. For comparison, season three averaged a 1.42 rating in the 18-49 demo with a total of 6.83 million viewers.

During a recent conference, [NBC chief Jennifer] Salke said the numbers are low but the show is a big performer overseas:

“[The Blacklist is] very profitable for Sony and an important show for us. Even though the linear rating is nothing to write home about, we define it differently and look at how it performs over a few days. It’s huge overseas.”

The creators of The Blacklist will pitch a new season to NBC next week.


TV Guide: The Blacklist Mega Buzz: Mr. Kaplan’s Back! http://bit.ly/2lOKVAn
// 3/5/2017

In fact, we hear that the show will be devoting an entire episode to the origin story of Red Reddington’s (James Spader) mysterious right-hand woman. And yes, that means plenty of secrets will be revealed – including a link between Mr. Kaplan, Red and Liz (Megan Boone) that viewers will find “surprising,” according to Boone.


CinemaBlend: Is The Blacklist Spinoff Doing Enough To Keep From Cancellation? http://bit.ly/2meSNP3
// 3/4/2017

The second episode of The Blacklist: Redemption scored a 1.0 in the valuable 18-49 age demographic and attracted 4.7 million viewers in the 10 p.m. ET time slot, according to Live+same day ratings calculations. All things considered, a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo isn’t record-breaking, but it does represent a healthy bump from the series premiere ratings, and it was enough to make Blacklist: Redemption the first new drama of midseason 2017 on NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX to grow from first to second week in overall viewership.

… The Blacklist: Redemption actually won the time period in every key measure among ABC, CBS, and NBC, and it has the distinction of becoming the first new midseason drama to grow from Week 1 to Week 2 in 18-49 since Empire on Fox way back in January 2015.

The Blacklist: Redemption has another edge as well. Much like its parent series, Blacklist: Redemption experiences significant ratings growth in post-live viewing. The series premiere grew from 0.8 to `1.19 in the 18-49 demographic once Live+3 day ratings could be calculated. The bump represents a rise of more than 50%. The Live+3 numbers also added another 1.9 million viewers to the total numbers, rising from the Live+same 4.3 million to 6.2 million.


WN.com: Videos: James Spader on JFK Jr, Jackie Onassis http://bit.ly/2nNlSQU
// several; undated


Deadline: Enrique Murciano Joins Cast Of ‘The Blacklist’ On NBC In Major Role http://bit.ly/2lLx6px
// 2/22/2017

Marciano will play Julian Gale, an FBI investigator and former colleague of Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff), whose obsessive tendencies make him both a valuable agent and a potential liability. Dedicated, driven and possessed of a quiet charisma, he can command a room or a crime scene without uttering a word. And yet, his new assignment puts him in danger of losing himself.


MovieMap as of 2/5/2017http://bit.ly/2l8PRnG
// Based on whether a person likes similar things


NYT, Kathryn Shattuck: Famke Janssen Plays Another Lethal Woman in a ‘Blacklist’ Spinoff http://nyti.ms/2lUdvVe
// 2/17/2017


IGN: Brent Spiner to Guest on The Blacklist http://bit.ly/2khOTot
// 1/26/2017, The Next Generation and Independence Day alum will play a Blacklister known as The Architect.


People: Megan Boone Says She Cherishes Getting to Know 9-Month-Old Daughter Caroline Through ‘Little Moments’ http://bit.ly/2kKkCPB
// 1/26/2017

“I thought when she was born I was going to look at her, recognize her and say, ‘Oh, hey, old friend. I know you,’ ” Boone tells PEOPLE while promoting her new, earth-friendly onesie line, Caroline Agnes.

img_7899“But meeting her was not the reaction that I expected. She was put on my chest and in my arms, and I fell instantly in love with this brand new person that I had never met.”

Boone, 33, says she learns more and more about her daughter through “little moments” – like “seeing her laugh in her sleep for the first time” or “seeing her start to reach out to us and communicate with us in her own way.”

“There’s nothing like it in the world,” the actress says.

RELATED VIDEO: Which Blacklist Costar Does Ryan Eggold Call ‘Gorgeous’


IGN: Brent Spiner to Guest on The Blacklist http://bit.ly/2khOTot
// 1/26/2017, The Next Generation and Independence Day alum will play a Blacklister known as The Architect.


EntertainmentWeekly: The Blacklist casts The Office alum as new Blacklister http://bit.ly/2kDxx2K
// 1/24/2017, Melora Hardin


MediaLife: NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ soars with DVR playback http://bit.ly/2kzIuBp
// 1/23/2017

The Jan. 5 episode of “Blacklist” posted a 2.1 rating among viewers 18-49 with seven-day DVR playback factored in, according to Nielsen. That was up 1.1 ratings points from its original 1.0 live-plus-same-day DVR playback rating.

Its 110 percent growth was the highest percentage growth during the week ended Jan. 8. Only one other show that week was able to at least double its 18-49 rating. That was ABC’s “Conviction,” which went from a 0.5 rating to a 1.0.
“The Blacklist” also saw significant DVR growth among total viewers. It added 4.34 million through DVR playback for an L+7 total of 9.55 million. That was the second-most growth of the week behind “Big Bang Theory,” which added 5.16 million viewers.


TVByTheNumbers: ‘Big Bang Theory,’ ‘The Blacklist top the week 16 broadcast Live +7 ratings http://bit.ly/2jR5dx0
// 1/20/2017


Cinemablend: Why The Blacklist’s Lower Ratings Might Not Actually Be A Problem http://bit.ly/2kIS9FW
// 1/6/2016

The series actually performs astoundingly well in DVR viewing in the days following the live airing.

For the first eight episodes of Season 4, The Blacklist averaged 5.8 million viewers and a 1.14 in the valuable 18 – 49 age demographic in Live+same day ratings. Neither of those numbers is particularly great, especially for a Big 4 network like NBC. What may save The Blacklist is the fact that the Live+7 numbers that take DVR viewership into account bump the average up to 10.6 million viewers and a 2.37 in the 18 – 49 demo. The demographic rating jumps a whopping average of 108% from Live+same to Live+7, and the 4.8 million extra viewers are impressive. The show is also doing well in wealthy homes, which likely means that NBC makes a pretty penny off of advertising revenue.

The DVR numbers should come as a relief to any fans who have been afraid that The Blacklist is on its last legs on NBC. … Going by the DVR numbers, … the drop might … connect to the change in the show’s time slot. NBC bumped The Blacklist from a 9 p.m. to a 10 p.m. time slot, which could have cost the show some members of the audience who happen to go to bed before episodes air.

Throw in the fact that the Thursday 10 p.m. time slot is rough on the other Big 4 networks, and the ratings for The Blacklist aren’t too alarming. In fact, The Blacklist ranks #2 in every key demographic in the 10 p.m. slot against competition from ABC and CBS. …
Cross-posted under News


Zap2It: The Blacklist’: 4 things to know about Season 4 & its spinoff http://bit.ly/2b3vGRf
// 7/29/2016


TVLine: NBC Fall Schedule: The Blacklist, Blindspot on the Move, Comedies Return to Thursday http://bit.ly/24UdspL Blacklist to 10 pm ET
// 5/14/2016


HollywoodReporter: The Blacklist Spinoff Ordered to Series at NBC http://bit.ly/1Tg17YY
// 5/14/2016


Deadline: The Blacklist Spinoff Picked Up To Series By NBC, Gets Title http://bit.ly/1TTRwFR “Blacklist Redemption”


Blog Stats for http://blacklistdeclassified.net for the Week of April 18-24, 2016
// 4/25/2016

The week of Episode 19 “Cape May” blasted through all records for this blog’s views and visitor stats so far this season. The US/International mix (≃ 60/40) was consistent with most poll responses and activity statistics.

Twitter links to these charts:
🐣 Views/Visitors for blog site (4/18-4/24) for S3 (orange=best week) ➔ note diff of scale 2 charts @Daniel_Knauf #WOW http://pic.twitter.com/BVBhyaozqR

🐣 Blog Views by country (4/18-4/24) 7549 total, 4371 United States (58%), all others (42%) @Daniel_Knauf The Blacklist http://pic.twitter.com/lxs2KeUMmN

Notes: Visitors to this blog are obviously computer-savvy so these totals would miss many older viewers. Judging from my Twitter account, most are female. People come looking for scripts and updates and a few articles have been persistently popular. I also keep an index of Blacklist info elsewhere on the web (“Black Sites”), so it is a clearinghouse of sorts. I am planning to do a survey to learn more about the people who visit here before the end of the season. – LizzieB


NBCUniversal: Results for Ratings Week of April 4-10 http://bit.ly/1NoxO0a The Blacklist [3:17]: ⇈ 7% in total audience, ⇈ 80% in 18-49‼️ L+3
// 4/12/2016

● “The First Original “Blacklist” in Six Weeks Grows +7% in Total Viewers to Top “Scandal” in the Time Period

● “L+3: “Blacklist” Increases by +80% in 18-49, Thursday’s Biggest L+3 Gain on the Big 4” …

“‘The Blacklist'(1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET) grew +7% in total viewers versus its prior original six weeks earlier (6.4 million vs. 6.0 million on Feb. 25), despite competition this week from the climactic hour of Fox’s “American Idol” series finale.
‘Blacklist’ outdelivered ABC’s “Scandal” in the time period in total viewers (6.4 million vs. 5.9 million). ‘Blacklist’ built on its lead-in last night by +50% in 18-49 and +40% in total viewers. L+3: “Blacklist” increased by +80% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (1.24 to 2.23) and by 3.8 million persons in total viewers (6.4 million to 10.2 million). The +80% gain in 18-49 was the biggest L+3 lift of the night on the Big 4. Upscale: ‘Blacklist’ is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 148 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current” including L+3).”

BroadwayWorld: NBC’s THE BLACKLIST Grows in Total Viewers; Retains 92% of Prior First-Run in Key Demo http://bit.ly/22sXZd7
// 4/8/2016

● “Outdelivers ‘Scandal’ in the time period in total viewers (6.244 million vs. 5.899 million).
● Generates its most-watched episode since Feb. 11 (6.437 million).
● Builds on its lead-in last night by +50% in 18-49 and +37% in total viewers.
● These numbers will increase dramatically with time-shifting and viewing on alternate platforms:

L+7: “Blacklist” has grown by +98% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 1.48 to a 2.93) and 4.9 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 11.8 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

L+3+7: Days of Alternate-Platform Views: The previous original episode grew by +90% (to a 2.5 rating) via time-shifting (3 days) and 7-day alternate-platform viewership (1.30 rating to a projected 2.47 rating in TAMi estimates).

Upscale: “Blacklist” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 148 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current” including L+3).Outdelivers “Scandal” in the time period in total viewers (6.244 million vs. 5.899 million).”


⭕ Map of Twitter Followers by Tweepsmap

Blue boxes with “…” mean <0.1%. The flag inset is based on visits to this blog, not Twitter.
// 4/13/2016

Deadline: ‘The Blacklist’ Spinoff: Ryan Eggold Officially Set To Star, Reprising His Role http://bit.ly/207VYmR
// 4/5/2016, “If the spinoff goes forward, Eggold will star on the new series, with likely crossover appearances on The Blacklist. If it doesn’t go, Eggold will return to the mothership series, resuming his duties as a regular.

“The Blacklist episode that will serve as a formal planted spinoff is Episode 322 — airing May 12 — written by The Blacklist creator/executive producer Jon Bokenkamp and exec producer/showrunner John Eisendrath and directed by Michael Dinner.” …

“From what I’ve heard, the spinoff focuses on the relationship between Susan “Scottie” Halsted (Scottie Janssen) and Tom (Ryan Eggold) … ”

“In the spinoff, Janssen and Eggold are being joined by The Blacklist recurring player Edi Gathegi and new addition Tawny Cypress.”

04/28/2016 [sic] (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Thursday) : After an unexpected loss devastates the FBI task force, they must track down their assailants; a mysterious group whose agents operate using a worldwide satellite network. Meanwhile, Reddington (James Spader) is forced to confront a ghost from his past – one who knows many of Red’s secrets.
3.19 is still listed as just TBA for April 21 but it looks like someone dies in it. This new title is for the ep previously known as the Promethium Network. [Emphasis added]
[Note: This has been circulating in social media. I cannot find the original article. Obviously the dateline is incorrect. So, caveat emptor.]

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Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1RrfrLU

April 3,2015
Tara Bennett, who wrote “Elizabeth Keen’s Dossier” along with Paul Terry, was kind enough to answer several questions for me.

Q: Can I ask you a few questions about “Elizabeth Keen’s Diary” and publish your answers on my blog? Most of them have to do with the degree to which fans can assume the content reflects “canon.” In other words, when I come across something I wasn’t aware of, can I assume that the show creators signed off (explicitly or implicitly)? The fact that @BlacklistRoom is promoting the book suggests there is some level of coordination and approval.

A: The book is indeed canon. We worked with the show and all of the materials came from the production & writing team (scripts, screen source documents from the episodes, photography, etc…) Also we worked with Nicole Phillips to ensure our copy was accurate and properly vetted by the show. We were writing the book as they were writing the first half of S3 so we had to adjust our writing per changes in their writing as it happens with books like these. The EPs had final review of the book. We made changes according to their notes for the final product.

Q: A couple examples of things that were new to me:

● Liz writing she would like to “un-hear” a comment Red made about an “erotic” experience with Madeline Pratt.

● I don’t remember the exact wording, but Liz suggesting “freedom” is important thematically.

A: Per the Liz comment about in-hearing that’s a humorous comment about hearing Pratt’s overtly sexual comments re: Red.

As in he’s talking about her in a way that Liz doesn’t want to hear the dirty details :)

As to freedom being a theme, yes, Liz gaining knowledge through her profiling of her life in the book is about gaining her freedom in terms of knowing her past so it can finally give context to her present. Also the book’s conceit is this is an analog (thus safer) compilation of what she’s learned about everything via Red, the Blacklisters and her peers. She’s been compiling it since Red came into her life and when she was on the run with him at the top of S3, she continued to catalogue details that would eventually get inserted into the book in case she lost her freedom and needed to expose & contextualize everything that got her to this moment.

Q: Did you use the comics as a source? The reason I ask is I haven’t read them so I don’t know if you may have gotten material that I am not familiar with from them. This would imply to me I need to read those first (before writing about your book).

A: Yes, the comics are included in the book but only as a Blacklister in that section and some context copy. We were provided the scripts to Nicole’s comics as we were writing the book for inclusion but it was not the starting point, or the linchpin, to the book in any way.

Q: Did the show provide any of the “props” (documents etc) featured in EK’s Dossier?

A: Yes, we were provided all of the production designed materials from the series team but those were primarily the wanted posters, ID badge images and basic HR forms for the Blacklist agents. We also were provided the screen used images that often filed Aram’s screens when they were investigating a case. However, our wonderful design team, Amazing 15, created the spreads utilizing all of those images and turning them into files that Liz would just grab from the FBI archive.

Cross-posted under “Writers’ Room”

NBCUniversalStore: The Blacklist: Elizabeth Keen’s Dossier (Hardcover) Book http://bit.ly/1qo8bYL
// “Elizabeth Keen’s Dossier is a lavish visual celebration of this hugely popular and critically acclaimed show. Liz has been compiling her notes and case files on Red, Tom, the Blacklist and her colleagues at the FBI since day 1. This book is the truth of what has happened so far. A dossier of in-world documentation, photographs, maps, newspaper cuttings and Liz’s detailed notes, it pieces together the puzzle that is Red’s Blacklist. A must have for any fan.”

CinemaSentries: Book ReviEntertainmentWeekly: The Blacklist: Elizabeth Keen’s Dossier by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry http://bit.ly/1MKmuk3 @NBCblacklist
// 4/2/2016, “A deeper look at the colorful characters of The Blacklist”

TheTVAddict: THE BLACKLIST: “Elizabeth Keen’s Dossier” Book Released http://bit.ly/1Mblqpt
// 3/29/2016, “The details in each of the sections are thorough and provide welcome backstory. In fact, if you’re struggling to fully understand the Berlin and Cabal storylines (or can’t keep track of all of Red’s business associates), this book has illustrated sections that appear as crime boards that map out the connections between the various players.

“Lizzie’s commentary is sprinkled throughout the pages, detailing her thoughts on the characters she has interacted with as well as unanswered questions she has. If you’re the kind of fan with an eye for details, you may also spot close ups of things that only get a cursory showing on your TV screen. For example, you can delve more deeply into lab reports, crime scene photos or suspect profiles. You’ll also spot a manilla envelope with a familiar symbol tucked away in the back.”

Retrenders: The Blacklist: Elizabeth Keen’s Dossier http://bit.ly/1qobf7l
// 3/29/2016, photo below

Hypable: The Blacklist – Elizabeth Keen’s Dossier is just what obsessed fans want http://bit.ly/1o6RTkX @NBCBlacklist
// 3/23/2016

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Variety: ‘The Blacklist’ Female-Led Spinoff in the Works at NBC, Famke Janssen to Star http://bit.ly/1SmzyJ0
// 3/29/2016

“Though plot details are being kept under wraps, Janssen (‘X-Men,’ ‘How to Get Away With Murder’) will play a character named Susan ‘Scottie’ Halsted. She will make her debut on the May 5 episode of the flagship series. She will star in the following episode on May 12 — one week before ‘Blacklist’s’ Season 3 finale — which will serve as the backdoor pilot. Insiders tell Variety that Janssen’s character was conceived as Ryan Eggold’s on-screen mother. …

“’The Blacklist’ is still a steady performer for NBC, currently ranking as their No. 3-rated scripted program in both adults 18-49 (2.6 rating) and total viewers (10.82 million), according to Nielsen’s ‘live plus-3’ estimates. Having a companion series could fare well for the franchise, as a fresh new show would perhaps bring more eyes to the original, especially through dual promotion on the network. …

“Update, 5:20 p.m: Should the spinoff be ordered to series, Edi Gathegi will also star as a regular. He currently appears in ‘The Blacklist,’ and would reprise his role of Mr. Solomon.”

BlacklistDeclassified.net Volume Stats for The Blacklist
Season 3, Episodes 9-16 (up to Spring Hiatus)

Highest week highlighted in orange (with stats) was week of Dexter, followed by The Director, (Mid-Winter Premiere), Lady Ambrosia, and The Director – Conclusion

Zap2It: ‘Big reveals coming up’ on ‘The Blacklist’ http://bit.ly/1Kgl5Ri according to NBC entertainment president: S4 trajectory
// 2/13/2016

TVLine: The Blacklist Renewed Through Season 4! http://bit.ly/1OMFP39 @NBCBlacklist
// 12/7/2015

by LizzieB90
BlacklistDeclassified.net Volume Stats for The Blacklist
Season 3, Episodes 1-8 (up to Winter Hiatus)

Highest week highlighted in orange (with stats) was week of Enioch Cain, followed by Sir Crispin Crandall and the Mid-Season Finale, Kings of the Highway.

EntertainmentWeekly (11/26/2015): Is there a Blacklist baby on the way? http://bit.ly/1N3FFzZ

● “’We are still trying to figure it out,’ executive producer Jon Bokenkamp says. ‘It plays in a number of different ways, both story wise and physically, for Megan in trying to figure out what that would mean to the show.’

● “‘It’s really hard in a show that has — whether he’s her father or not — a parental core to it,’ Bokenkamp continues, referencing the dynamic between Liz and Red (James Spader). ‘In a show that has a father-daughter type relationship, it’s incredibly difficult to ignore the fact that our lead actress is pregnant. It’s still being figured out exactly what that means.’”

TVGuide (11/17/2015): The Blacklist’s Megan Boone Expecting Her First Child http://bit.ly/1SC16eE

Guess what⁉️ 👶 Megan Boone 💝 is expecting 👶 🎁🎉🍼🎀🎊🎁‼️

❗Congratulations to Megan and her partner, artist Dan Estabrook❗
⋙ Source: PeopleMag (11/16/2015): Megan Boone Expecting First Child http://bit.ly/1SC16eE

PeopleMag: Megan Boone Expecting First Child http://bit.ly/1SC16eE
// 11/16/2015

TVByTheNumbers: Broadcast Live +7 ratings, week 2: The Blacklist premiere joins ‘Empire’ ‘Blindspot’ atop charts http://bit.ly/1hV6Vaq
// 10/20/2015

BroadwayWorld: NBC’s THE BLACKLIST is Season’s Most Upscale Drama of Big 4 http://bit.ly/1W1NNdH The Blacklist @NBCBlacklist
// 10/16/2015, “‘The Blacklist’ (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) facing NFL and MLB Playoff competition, retained 93% of last week’s result in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.5), held onto 97% in total viewers (6.826 million vs. 7.019 million) and retained 100% in women 18-34 (1.0 vs. 1.0) and men 25-54 (1.8 vs. 1.8).

“These numbers will increase dramatically with time-shifting and viewing on alternate platforms:

“In adults 18-49, last week’s episode grew by +90% (to a 2.8 rating) via time-shifting (3 days) and 7-day alternate-platform viewership (1.49 rating to a projected 2.83 rating in TAMi estimates).

“Last week’s ‘Blacklist’ added nearly 400,000 full-episode views (P2+) in seven days on NBC.com (392,729).

“Beats Fox’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ head to head in the time period by +75% (1.4 vs. 0.8).

“Upscale: ‘Blacklist’ is the season’s most upscale drama on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox, indexing at a 151 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes. “Blacklist” was also the most upscale telecast on those networks on the prior Thursday, Oct. 8.”

EntertainmentWeekly: Spoiler Room: Scoop on Blacklist, Heroes Reborn, Bones and more http://bit.ly/1W8A1T7
// 9/18/2015

Q: “Is the main focus of The Blacklist’s return just on Liz’s escape?”
A: The aftermath from Red releasing the Fulcrum information will cause a big fallout within The Cabal. ‘The Cabal is more desperate and therefore more dangerous and frankly bringing in more lethal people to handle the situation,’ EP Jon Bokenkamp tells EW, teasing the introduction of Mr. Solomon (Edi Gathegi). ‘He’s a fixer for The Cabal and he’s ruthless. He’s really good at making things personal.’ That last tease is especially pertinent when it comes to Dembe. ‘We’re actually going to realize Dembe’s not this lone wolf, that he has family outside the surrogate father that is Red,’ Bokenkamp adds.”

TVLine: Blacklist Bosses Talk ‘Different Feel’ of Season 3 — Plus: Watch a New Trailer ☒ http://bit.ly/1QgXAWK
// 9/3/2015

● “‘[T]hose on the task force each [have] a very specific point of view about the value of [arresting Liz],’ Eisendrath continues. ‘Ressler is a dogged, by-the-book guy who is going to bring [Liz and Red] in.’ At the same time, we have found opportunities for Red and Liz to convince the FBI that one of the best ways to keep track of them is to assist them in going after certain blacklisters, who Red and Liz are going after in order to exonerate Liz.”

● “Adds Bokenkamp: ‘I understand that there’s an appetite to want the whole truth. But the whole truth won’t come until the end, and along the way, many breadcrumbs have been laid out. We’re definitely working toward an endgame.’”

Crossword for fans of The Blacklist by Literarybitca http://bit.ly/1XvlaUm [or go to “Clues” on this blog]

TheGuardian: Maggie Gyllenhaal: At 37 I was ‘too old’ for role opposite 55-year-old man http://bit.ly/1cR9I2e ⋙ 32 is too young, 37 is too old so 33-36 is “just right”? (maybe this is why people get confused … )
// 5/21/2015

ChristianToday: ‘The Blacklist’ season 3 spoilers: Liz and Red face new frightening foe http://bit.ly/1MgBK6O
// 8/7/2015
● “Edi Gathegi will be joining the cast as Mr. Solomon, who will consider taking down Liz (Megan Boone) and Red (James Spader) as his personal vendetta”
● Mr Solomon “does the Cabal’s dirty work”
● John Eisendrath said that Mr. Solomon will catch the two fugitives unaware which will result to Red compromising their safety
● “Someone close to him will be put in ‘a very vulnerable position,’ and Liz’s friend will have no choice but to do whatever the scoundrel wants”
● “Glimpses of [Liz’s] past, which will be revealed in season 3, will help her survive”.
● “Meanwhile, Boone told Zap2it that season 3 will be an entirely different show, now that her character is no longer working within the law”
● “the structure of the series is going to change, what with the task force ‘imploding'” according to Megan Boone (ZapIt Interview http://bit.ly/1MTnv82)
● Megan Boone: “If you break open the entire task force, then it will be challenging to try to find the procedural aspect of the show again'”(ZapIt interview)

ChristianPost: ‘The Blacklist’ season 3 spoilers, plot: Liz bumps into Red’s blacklisters, gets help from unlikely individual
// 7/30/2015

TVGuide: Mega Buzz: Red and Liz Face a Dangerous New Enemy on The Blacklist http://bit.ly/1De41b8 glimpses of Liz’s criminal past
// 7/30/2015, Edi Gathegi will play “Mr Solomon”; “Liz won’t be completely out of her element though. The rogue FBI agent is a criminal profiler for a reason. ‘We are going to see glimpses of a criminal past that we’ve hinted at before,’ Bokenkamp says. ‘In the pilot, Red said, “Think like a criminal. It may come easier to you than you think.”‘ We’re going to see whispers of her past and how that sort of thinking may be useful in some of these desperate situations.”

Enstarz: ‘The Blacklist’ Season 3: Which New Blacklister Was Announced? Episode 2 Title Revealed
// 7/26/2015, Episode 3:1: “Marvin Gerard” [ or is it “Troll Farmer” – I’ve seen both ]


Ratings & Renewal Summary

June 28, 2015
NBC SHOWS 2014-2015 (by 18-49yo demographic “the demo”)

18-49 year old demographic

18-49 year old demographic

TVSeriesFinale (6/27/15): NBC 2014-15 Season Ratings http://bit.ly/1Sk6chq
NBC SHOWS 2014-2015 (by total audience viewership)
Total audience viewership

Total audience viewership

Source: TVSeriesFinale (6/27/15): NBC 2014-15 Season Ratings http://bit.ly/1Sk6chq
ALL SERIES Delayed Viewing 2014-2015 (by total audience viewership)
Delayed viewing (7 day): Total audience viewership

Delayed viewing (7 day): Total audience viewership

Source: USAToday (6/12/2015): TV season’s top shows DVR on demandhttp://usat.ly/1KhUvn
ALL SERIES Most Popular
Top shows 2014-2015 (including Live ✛ 7 day)

Top shows 2014-2015 (including Live ✛ 7 day)

Source: TVLine (5/22/2015): Ratings for 2014-15 Season http://bit.ly/1F2f0yy (includes Live✛7 day)

RATINGS Sources:
TVSeriesFinale (6/27/15): NBC 2014-15 Season Ratings http://bit.ly/1Sk6chq The Blacklist is NBC’s #1 scripted drama

USAToday (6/12/2015): TV season’s top shows on demand, DVR http://usat.ly/1KhUvnU

TVMediaInsights (6/8/2015): ‘The Blacklist’ on NBC Adds the Most Viewers Via the DVR http://bit.ly/1HmZl2n 9.5M ✛ 6.1M (7-day) ➔ 15.1M

CinemaBlend (June 2015): The Top 23 Rated Series Of The 2014-2015 TV Season http://bit.ly/1Iki3Zf The Blacklist #14, highest for NBC

TVLine (5/22/2015): Sunday Night Football, Empire Top Ratings for 2014-15 Season; Forever Among Highest-Rated Axed Shows http://bit.ly/1F2f0yy

DeadlineHollywood (5/19/2015): NBC Set To Eke Out 2014-15 TV Season Demo Win Over CBS Thanks To Super Bowl http://bit.ly/1FHEjWH


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RATINGS and Renewal Summary

By LizzieB90, May 22, 2015 ⋙ See also June 28, 2015 update

The Blacklist remains NBC’s top-rated scripted drama – and NBC is moving toward more drama, not away from it. The fact that The Blacklist production group will be doing the show just after it shows they have confidence it this team and in The Blacklist. They are keeping TBL on Thursdays to anchor two new shows. And VOD and L✛3D do matter. Advertisers just wish they didn’t.


Source: TVLine (5/22/2015)

Source: TVLine (5/22/2015)

CarterMatt: ‘The Blacklist’ season 2: Episodes still charting high in DVR ratings http://bit.ly/1INNDiH “We would be surprised to see this show conclude at any point before 2017”
// 5/5/2015

HollywoodReporter: Broadcast Ax: Networks just went on a cancelation binge http://bit.ly/1HkUt9R With one exception, NBC renewed all shows between 2 and 6 seasons (the one they cancelled had just completed 2 seasons)
// 5/8/2015

MediaLife (5/18): ‘The Blacklist’ soars w DVR viewership http://bit.ly/1Khr32C 18-49yo +142%, all +75% week ending 5/3/2015 http://pic.twitter.com/WxzWCQ5VzV
// 5/18/2015

Source: MediaLife (5/18/2015)

Source: MediaLife (5/18/2015)

NBCUniversal: NBC Wins the 2014-15 Primetime Season in Adults 18-49 http://bit.ly/1R6VM3d The Blacklist up 160% for time slot
// 5/19/2015, “‘The Blacklist’ … has improved NBC’s Thursday 9-10 p.m. hour by +160% in 18-49 since moving to the time period in February”

Variety: Ratings: NBC, CBS Win Season Titles http://bit.ly/1Pzjvvz
// 5/19/2015, “And though “The Blacklist” fell off as it moved to Thursday Island, it remained a big DVR draw; combined with its early-season Monday averages, the James Spader drama finished as the fourth most-popular broadcast drama among adults 18-49 (Live+7 for original episode)”

TVSeriesFinale: NBC 2014-15 Season Ratings (updated 5/21/15) http://bit.ly/1Sk6chq the top six shows were renewed; The Blacklist is #1 for NBC
// 5/21/2015


Source: TVSeriesFinale (5/21/2015)

Source: TVSeriesFinale (5/21/2015)

DeadlineHollywood: Full 2014-15 TV Season Series Rankings: Football & ‘Empire’ Ruled http://bit.ly/1SrJILD
// 5/21/2015, The Blacklist is tied for #13th overall and is NBC’s top scripted drama; the closest is Chicago Fire at #35, followed by Law & Order:SVU at #54
Among non-scripted programs, sports leads, including NBC Sunday Night Football at #1. The Voice is ranked #10

TVLine: Sunday Night Football, Empire Top Ratings for 2014-15 Season; Forever Among Highest-Rated Axed Shows http://bit.ly/1F2f0yy
// 5/22/2015


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The Blacklist Top Rated Episodes (as of 5/25/2015)

2.22 Tom Connolly. (No. 11) 9.1
1.9 Anslo Garrick (No. 16) 9.1
2.19 Leonard Caul (No. 62) 9.0
2:9 Luther Braxton (No. 21) 9.0
2:8 Berlin 2 (No. 8): 9.0
1:10 Anslo Garrick 2 (No. 16) 9.0
2:10 Luther Braxton 2 (No. 21): 8.9
2.21 Karakurt (No. 55) 8.8
2:8 The Decembrist (No. 12) 8.8
1:21 Berlin (No. 8) 8.8

TVGuide: NBC’s Fall Schedule: Heroes Reborn Airs on Thursdays, Coach Reboot Gets Midseason Premiere http://bit.ly/1zRgnE4 “The Blacklist will remain on Thursdays, sandwiched between the new series Heroes Reborn and The Player”

ZapIt2: ‘The Blacklist’ Grows 17% Week to Week in Adults 18-49 http://bit.ly/1EoFFWE [via press release]
// 5/8/2015
● “The Blacklist” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET):
● Increases by +17% week to week in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.2).
● Note that last week’s telecast grew by a series-record +99% in 18-49 and by 2.9 million viewers overall in L+3 results vs. these L+SD figures.
● Also grows week to week by +40% or 0.2 of a point in adults 18-34 (0.7 vs. 0.5), +50% or 0.2 of a point in men 18-34 (0.6 vs. 0.4) and +60% or 0.3 of a point in women 18-34 (0.8 vs. 0.5).
● Ties for #1 among the Big 4 nets In the time period in men 18-49 (with a 1.3 rating).
● “The Blacklist” has improved the Thursday 9 p.m. hour by +164% in 18-49 (3.33 vs. a prior average of 1.26, “most current” excluding sports) and by 8.9 million viewers overall (13.2 million vs. 4.3 million).
● NBC’s Thursday overall has improved by +17% since the “Blacklist” move in 18-49 (1.96 vs. 1.68, “most current” non-sports) and 2.9 million viewers overall (8.3 million vs. 5.4 million).
● Remains a top upscale attraction – 140 index of adults 18-49 living in $100K+ homes (“most current”).

MediaLife: For NBC, a major overhaul for fall http://bit.ly/1JUFb1k The Blacklist moving back to Mondays @NBCBlacklist
// 5/8/2015

TVByTheNumbers: ‘Modern Family’ Leads Adults 18-49 Gains, ‘The Blacklist’ Tops Percentage Increases & Viewer Growth in Live +7 Ratings for Week 21 Ending February 15 http://bit.ly/1wYWHx3
// 3/2/2015

FutonCritic: The Blacklist is doing well in the ratings. It doesn’t get all the 18-35 viewers, but does capture the most upscale ones http://bit.ly/1Fd19JH
// 3/5/2015

TVSeriesFinale: Dateline: ‘The Real Blacklist’ to Replace The Slap on Thursdays http://bit.ly/18dB685 great idea! The Blacklist
// 3/6/2015, themed version of Dateline, with Richard Engel

HuffPo: The Enjoyable and Oddly Gripping NBC Series ‘The Blacklist’ http://huff.to/1Ec5SMA stresses the show’s continuous improvement
// 2/26/2015


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