12:55pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC's 'Blindspot' Gets Back-Nine Script Order (Exclusive)
NBC is expressing early faith in Blindspot.
After airing just one episode, the network has ordered nine additional back-up scripts for the freshman drama starring Jaimie Alexander, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The thriller from Warner Bros. Television opened a week ago to 3.1 million viewers among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 10.6 million viewers, an impressive showing in the coveted post-Voice time slot. The Monday drama, factoring in three days of delayed viewing, grew to a 4.5 in the demo to a 4.5 rating and 15.2 million viewers, topping CBS' second-year entry Scorpion among the latter metric.
While the additional script order doesn't guarantee that Blindspot — from showrunner Martin Gero and exec produced by Greg Berlanti — will earn a back-nine episode order, the series has been the breakout drama for NBC so far this season. The show, co-starring Sullivan Stapleton, is Monday's most-watched drama and top new series after three days of delayed viewing.
Blindspot becomes the second new series of the 2015-16 season to earn an additional order of some sort. Fox's midseason comedy Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life earned a seven-episode pickup to keep the series in production.
Blindspot airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC.