We knew that “Blindspot” was probably on its way to getting a full-season order thanks to some strong ratings in the live+3 measures, but today, NBC made it official: This is the first fall season to earn a back nine episodes after starting with only 13.
Was there ever any doubt? We’re going to vote “no” on that one. The series was the beneficiary of many things leading up to the fall season, including a huge marketing campaign featuring Jaimie Alexander and all of her tattoos, and then also had a prime timeslot following “The Voice” on Monday nights. This is the same spot that helped “The Blacklist” become an enormous hit for NBC two years ago. If the show failed to get a full season, it would be considered one of the biggest busts of recent network history.
While this back-nine order does give the show a little more breathing room, it does not guarantee a second season. We feel like this is something that NBC will not hand out until they see some of the ratings in the wintertime. We think that it will happen, provided of course that the quality holds and therefore the ratings stay reasonably steady. There is an expectation that numbers will decline slightly going into the winter and spring, mostly because that is what almost always happens.
In the end, congratulations to Alexander and the rest of the cast and crew! We now will have to see what show ends up being the next to get this particular honor.
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