‘The Blacklist’ season 2, episode 9 ratings: ‘Luther Braxton’ scores huge post-Super Bowl numbers
“The Blacklist” can officially celebrate one thing following the Super Bowl: The best ratings we have seen for a show after the Super Bowl in years.
The James Spader series officially has posted a preliminary rating of 13.5 as a household rating, and this is one that is probably going to rise later given that the NBC listed start time was actually later than when the show really began. This is the best number since the last time the network had the Super Bowl, which is when they aired a new episode of “The Voice” to the total of a massive 20.0. This marks a decent improvement on both “New Girl” and “Elementary,” which had the spot in the past two years.
With all of this being said, Super Bowl bumps have not really mattered much over the past few years. For example, they were not a contributing factor in the ratings success of “New Girl” after the game, and both it and “Elementary” are now toss-ups to even be renewed for another season. “The Blacklist” may have a slight advantage given that they aired a great episode, and that they made it into a two-parter in hopes that some of these viewers will carry over and watch the show again Thursday.
However, we are once again worried about the show being up against a new episode of “Scandal.” This show on ABC is a huge ratings draw, and we know already that some are being forced to choose between one of their favorites and the other. This could be an interesting sub-storyline to look out for as we get further into the week.
For now, just be sure to share your reaction to these big numbers in the comments. (Photo: NBC.)