NBC has pulled Friday drama Blindspot from the schedule ahead of upcoming May sweeps.
The show had an already scheduled off-week this week while The Blacklist aired two episodes along with Dateline. Originally, Blindspot was to return Friday, May 3rd, but now the series will be off the air until Friday, May 24th, two days following the end of sweeps. It will then wrap its season with two episodes airing May 31st.
The already-renewed James Spader series will retain the 8:00 slot through May 17th, with Dateline expanding to two hours beginning May 3rd.
The move is ominous for Blindspot‘s renewal chances, which were already shaky before being pulled. The series, which isn’t owned by NBC, has reached the typical 88-episode plateau for syndication; NBC is already extremely crowded when it comes to scripted and needs to clear slots for next season; and shows this deep into their run very rarely get pulled from the schedule, so there’s a deep level of dissatisfaction that NBC has with its performance. It’s also similar scheduling to what well-received freshman comedy Champions received last year before ultimately being cancelled in the summer.
Thus far this season, Blindspot is averaging a 0.9 and 4.36 million viewers in Live + 7 viewing, down 25% and 18% from last year, respectively.