There are some television shows that remain financially viable even though they are barely noticed by the majority of the TV audience. That certainly is the case with the long-running drama The Blacklist, which was just picked up for a ninth season by NBC.
The drama currently airs on Friday nights and while the initial ratings for the show are modest (the first two episodes of the current season garnered a .04 18-49 rating), that number more than doubles to a 1.2 rating when delayed viewing and streaming numbers are added in. The total viewing audience grows as well, from 3.6 million to 7.2 million.
The show also does well on Netflix, where numbers Nielsen ranked the show ninth among all acquired streaming series in 2020 with almost 14.5 billion minutes of viewing time.
The Blacklist stars James Spader and Megan Boone, along with a cast that includes Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq, Laura Sohn and Harry Lennix.