"The Blacklist" Breaks Records, Keeps Worldwide Audiences Wanting More

International premieres open high, maintain audiencesFull Season Order Announced in the USBreaks US broadcast records for DVR

CANNES / CULVER CITY, CA (October 6, 2013) - Following successful premieres in the U.S., Canada, UK, Mexico, Korea and Australia, Sony Pictures Television's (SPT) The Blacklist continues its forward momentum by maintaining its substantial audience into the drama's subsequent episodes. The crime thriller, which premiered Sept. 23 in the U.S. as NBC's best drama debut in more than six years, saw week 2 break US DVR history with L+3 figures adding over 5 million viewers.

As a result The Blacklist held an impressive 97% of its US premiere numbers in week 2 in both total viewers and 18-49 after three days of DVR viewing.

NBC has now picked up the SPT series for a full season order of 22 episodes.

In Canada, episode two of The Blacklist held 94% of its premiere audience on Global, marking the highest retention rate of a total premiere audience for any new show this season[2]. In Mexico, the second installment significantly built on the premiere with audience growth of 30% on Sony Entertainment Television, again leading the competition in the hour.

In the UK, Sky Living is celebrating The Blacklist as the channel's highest rating series premiere in 20 years, being the No. 1 non-terrestrial program of the day in all key demographics.

Viewers across Australia made The Blacklist the country's best U.S. series premiere in one and half years, driving the show to the No. 1 spot of the night among total viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54[4]. In South Korea, the series premiere on TCast's Screen delivered the channel's highest rated U.S. series broadcast in the timeslot in more than a year[5]. Next week The Blacklist will premiere across Southeast Asia on AXN.

The Blacklist has been licensed to broadcasters in more than 150 territories around the world. Jon Bokenkamp (The Call, Taking Lives), John Eisendrath (Alias), John Davis (Predator; I, Robot; Chronicle) and John Fox serve as executive producers.The series is produced by Davis Entertainment Company in association with SPT.


[1] Source: Nielsen
[2] Source: BBM Canada
[3] Source: IBOPE Media Mexico
[4] Source: OzTAM
[5] Source: TNmS

Mark Macdonald
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