Netflix Coughs Up $2M an Episode for 'The Blacklist'

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'The Blacklist'

James Spader's new streaming home

Netflix has acquired exclusive streaming rights to NBC's The Blacklist in a deal that values the show at $2 million an episode, a source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

The first season of the James Spader series, which hails from Sony Pictures TV, will debut Sept. 7 on the online streamer. Procedural drama Blacklist has been a hit on Monday nights for NBC as the No. 1 new show last season. It is headed to Thursday nights this fall. 

Netflix, which has more than 50 million paid subscribers, is known for spending big on exclusive pacts. The streamer is said to have paid more than $1 million an episode for CBS' 2015 summer series Zoo

Netflix's rich price for Blacklist, first reported by Deadline, is believed to be the largest SVOD deal yet. It showcases the increasing leverage that content owners have when licensing shows to the growing field of digital players.