Blindspot: NBC Orders More Scripts After Premiere Ratings Success

NBC has ordered additional Blindspot season 1 episode scripts, based on the TV show's initial ratings success.

Blindspot gets additional episode order from NBC

Blindspot is a new mystery drama that premiered last week on NBC to solid reviews.  The series revolves around an amnesiac Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) who has tattoos all over her body - tattoos that contain clues to impending crimes that the FBI tries to stop.

The ratings for the pilot episode of Blindspot were impressive, dubbing the series a breakout hit after only one episode. NBC is wasting no time in ordering more Blindspot, which could mean big things for the series.

THR is reporting that NBC has ordered nine more scripts for Blindspot, which is good news for a debut series that has only aired its pilot episode. (The second episode will have aired by the time of this article, but we don't yet have access to those ratings.) To be clear, this news does not mean in any way that those scripts have translated into actual greenlit episodes, a setup known in the television industry as "the back-nine." This is simply the first step in the road to a full freshman season for Blindspot; although, if ratings stay solid, the sky is most certainly the limit.

The ratings for the premiere episode of Blindspot on September 21, 2015, were top-notch, with a 3.1 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 10.6 million overall viewers. When the DVR stats finally joined in they climbed to an impressive 4.5 in the demographic and an overall 15.2 million viewers. If you compare this impressive debut to other NBC series premieres, like the Heroes Reborn demographic rating of 1.9 by the end of its episode and an overall of only 5.5 million viewers, its clear that Blindspot shows a lot of promise for the network.

Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander in Blindspot Season 1 Episode 1
Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander in Blindspot

"A mind erased.  A body of clues".  Blindspot is centered around a woman who is found in a bag on Times Square in New York City, completely nude, branded with a whole new set of mysterious body tattoos and no recollection of who she is or why she was there. The FBI takes her to their lab to try to identify her, with no luck.  She begins working with the FBI, as we learn that each of her tattoos represents a crime that needs to be discovered and solved. Working closely with Jane Doe is FBI Agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton). She has his name specifically tattooed on her back, indicating that her discovery by the FBI was no accident.

In an era where cable television dramas tend to capture the public imagination to a higher degree than network shows, Blindspot finding an audience based on its ownpremise is no small victory. The Martin Gero (Bored to Death) created Warner Bros. series began to generate buzz with its San Diego Comic Con 2015 trailer this past summer. Blindspot holds a coveted and trusted place on NBC, as it follows a fantastic lead-in with the popular competition series The Voice - a place that was previously served The Blacklist well, before that show was shifted over to Thursday nights.

Blindspot airs Mondays at 10 p.m. EST on NBC.

Source: THR

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