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One of the last veteran series still in limbo at NBC landed on the right side of the bubble.
The network has renewed drama Blindspot for a fifth and final season in 2019-20. The Martin Gero-created puzzle drama’s fate was in doubt recently as its ratings have declined this season and it was pulled from NBC’s schedule during May sweeps.
Blindspot‘s ratings have declined significantly in its fourth season, falling by about 25 percent in adults 18-49, where it currently averages a 0.9 rating with a week of delayed viewing. It’s also one of just a handful of NBC dramas produced by an outside studio, in this case Warner Bros. TV (in conjunction with Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House). Of the dramas NBC is bringing back in 2019-20, only fellow Warner Bros. series Manifest and The Blacklist, a co-production of Sony and Universal TV, aren’t wholly owned by NBCUniversal.
A fifth season will likely push Blindspot past the 100-episode threshold that is often the magic number for syndication, though an episode count for the final run hasn’t been determined. It will have aired 89 episodes by the end of its current season. The series streams on Hulu.
With the pickup for Blindspot and earlier cancellation of I Feel Bad, all of NBC’s remaining bubble shows are in their first or second seasons. As of publication time, the network had yet to make a decision on comedies Abby’s and AP Bio and dramas The Enemy Within and The Village. The network’s biggest hit, This Is Us, is widely expected to be renewed, with sources telling The Hollywood Reporter a multi-season pickup could be in the offing.
Keep track of all the renewals, cancellations and new show orders with THR‘s scorecards for ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW and with all the latest pilot pickups and passes with our handy guide. For complete coverage, bookmark THR.com/upfronts.
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