There has been a whole lot of talk here on CarterMatt about the fall of “The Blacklist” as a hit series, and there are a variety of reasons for that. We still contend that the #1 factor in the decline is the move to Thursday nights against “Scandal.” There may have been some viewers who enjoyed the series, but not so much that they were willing to sacrifice leaving another show in order to check it out. Another factor may have been quality, given that the majority of season 2, though it has improved of late, has been a step down from a stellar first season.
What we are pleased to learn today is that the show is still proving to be a monster when it comes to DVR ratings, which should help to ensure renewal in the event the series ever finds itself on the bubble. Per a new NBC press release, the recent April 30 episode of the show set a record in live+3 viewing, gaining a whopping 99% from a 1.25 rating in the 18-49 demographic to a 2.49 rating. This will probably surge further when live+7 figures are released, making it one of the most proportionally-recorded shows on TV.
The James Spader – Megan Boone series has already been renewed for a third season, but maybe this will be icing on the cake for a fourth; in between this and syndication, we would be surprised to see this show conclude at any point before 2017.
There are still a couple more stories left to tell this season, so be the lookout this week for some further coverage!
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