TV enthusiasts will be aware that it always helps to stay in the loop with their favourite shows.

Knowing how many episodes of a season there are and whether something comes next is always good to know, and fans of The Blacklist are becoming increasingly curious as season 8 progresses.

Created by Jon Bokenkamp, this American crime-thriller premiered on NBC back in 2013 and stars James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, a former U.S. Navy officer turned criminal. After surrendering to the FBI, he offers to share his knowledge of the world’s most dangerous criminals still at large in exchange for immunity.

Audiences have continued to tune in and season 8 concluded with episode 22 on Wednesday, June 23rd 2021. So, it’s worth contemplating The Blacklist season 9.

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The Blacklist season 9: Renewed at NBC?

  • NBC confirmed that The Blacklist was renewed for season 9 back in January 2021, just three episodes into the season 8 schedule.

The Hollywood Reporter highlights that it’s the third-longest running scripted series on the network, with Law & Order: SVU and Chicago Fire in first and second place. They add that it has continued to achieve satisfactory viewing figures and perhaps its popularity on Netflix was factored into the decision too.

Episodes 1 and 2 averaged a 1.2 rating in the key ad demographic (adults 18-49) and 7.2 million viewers, including delayed viewing and streaming. To usher in some perspective, these figures are more than double the initial numbers for the series (0.4 and 3.6 million).

With renewal locked in, audiences will be eager to hear a release date…

When will it arrive?

As of yet, no release date for The Blacklist season 9 has been confirmed. However, we can consider previous seasons in determining a potential air date.

Looking back, season 6 concluded in May 2019 and season 7 began airing in October 2019. There was roughly a five-month wait between seasons.

Similarly, season 7 wrapped in May 2020 and season 8 began in November 2020.

Considering NBC has already confirmed season 9 renewal, then perhaps audiences can expect another five-month wait between seasons, with the forthcoming season arriving as early as December 2021.

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Fans react to the renewal

Back when the renewal was announced, a number of The Blacklist fans celebrated the decision over on Twitter.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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