NBC has announced a ninth season for veteran thriller “The Blacklist.” Debuting in September, 2013, the series follows Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), a former U.S. Navy officer turned high-profile criminal who voluntarily surrenders to the FBI after eluding capture for decades. News of the pickup comes just three episodes into the current season, which was delayed due to COVID-19. While certainly not the attraction it was originally airing in the protected Monday 10 p.m. ET hour, “The Blacklist” ranks ninth among all acquired streaming series in 2020 (with a reported close to 14.5 billion minutes of viewing time on the streamer, according to Nielsen). It currently anchors Friday (at 8 p.m. ET) on NBC.
“The Blacklist” is currently the third longest-running scripted series on NBC, behind only “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago Fire.”