NBC has announced that The Blacklist has been renewed for a seventh season.
“Congratulations to our amazing producers, cast and crew, all of whom continue to work at the top of their game and make The Blacklist one of NBC’s signature series,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment.
The news comes as no surprise given the fact that NBC now owns half the series, which has been highly successful internationally and has a lucrative SVOD deal with Netflix. Despite softer L+SD ratings this season, it still makes financial sense for the network to make more of the show, which has become a decent utility player for them, and once deals were reached with its original cast, including star James Spader, that’s all she wrote.
This season of The Blacklist has averaged 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers overall in Live+7 Nielsen ratings, where it grows 119% in the demo and by 3.4 million viewers from its L+SD numbers. The series is also this season’s #1 most upscale drama on the Big 4 networks among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes, indexing at a 140 among those viewers in L+7 results.
The renewal of The Blacklist comes much earlier than last year’s last minute reprieve. It joins fellow dramas Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and New Amsterdam on the 2019-20 schedule, with the likes of SVU and This Is Us still awaiting word on their respective fates.
The Blacklist airs Fridays at 9:00 on NBC.