NBC has granted the new Monday-night drama Blindspot an early season 2 renewal, making the announcement the same day the show's eighth episode hits the airwaves. This isn't surprising from the network that ordered more scripts of the action thriller immediately after seeing the ratings for its pilot episode.
The fledgling series has been winning its Monday night timeslot regularly, with its overall ratings (live plus delayed viewing) averaging 12.7 million viewers and a 3.7 share in the desirable 18-49 advertising demographic. The only programming on NBC earning higher numbers are live football and powerhouse reality series The Voice.
The plot of Blindspot revolves around Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander), an amnesiac woman who wakes up naked in a duffel bag in Times Square, her body covered in mysterious tattoos. One of those tattoos leads her to Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) of the FBI, who quickly learns that this woman and her body art could help solve an extensive and possibly-connected series of crimes.
The striking image of the ornately decorated Jane, and the puzzle of her identity, easily captured an audience who continue to be intrigued by each tattoo-of-the-week storyline. Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said of the show's renewal:
"We are over the moon with the success of Blindspot, and want to thank our producers and amazing cast for creating one of the most riveting shows on television. Jaimie [Alexander] and Sullivan [Stapleton] have done an amazing job of ratcheting up the tension each week in trying to unravel the mystery of Jane’s tattoos. We literally can't wait to see what the second season will bring."
Like The Blacklist, this new series gets a lot of goodwill for its overall story arc and the charisma of its actors. While the cardboard characters of the pilot have been fleshed out more as the season has progressed, the show still suffers from some wildly unrealistic scenarios and cringe-worthy dialogue. The numbers look good right now for Blindspot, but it remains to be seen if the lure of clever tattoo-deciphering and Jane kicking butt with her mad martial arts skills will be enough to sustain this viewership through a full second season.
Blindspot airs on NBC, Monday nights at 10/9c.