11:05am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Blindspot' Nabs Early Season 2 Renewal at NBC
Blindspot is staying put at NBC. The top-rated new series of the fall season is also the first to score a sophomore renewal. The network handed out the early order on Monday afternoon.
The drama continues to follow the trajectory of time slot predecessor The Blacklist, which earned its own early vote of confidence after its strong post-Voice showing during the 2013-14 season. Of course, Blindspot's ratings are now well above The Blacklist's. The Greg Berlanti-produced series has been an exceptional performer, both on Monday nights and with delayed viewing, averaging a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.7 million viewers.
"We are over the moon with the success of Blindspot, and want to thank our producers and amazing cast for creating one of the most riveting shows on television," said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. "Jaimie and Sullivan have done an amazing job of ratcheting up the tension each week in trying to unravel the mystery of Jane’s tattoos. We literally can’t wait to see what the second season will bring."
Blindspot's early renewal is another sign of how unusual this fall season has been for the broadcast networks. Nearly three months in, its second-season order predates any official cancelation — though many shows have been trimmed.
Executive produced by Berlanti, Martin Gero, Sarah Schechter, Mark Pellington and Marcos Siega, Blindspot hales from Warner Bros. Television and stars Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton.
Prior to the renewal, Blindspot was the first new fall series to score a back-nine order — one that NBC recently upped to 10, bringing its freshman episode count to 23.