Sony Pictures Television

Press Release


International premieres open high, maintain audiences
Full Season Order Announced in the US
Breaks US broadcast records for DVR
CANNES / CULVER CITY, CA (October 6, 2013) — Following successful premieres in the U.S., Canada, UK, Mexico, Korea and Australia, Sony Pictures Television’s (SPT) “The Blacklist” continues its forward momentum by maintaining its substantial audience into the drama’s subsequent episodes. The crime thriller, which premiered Sept. 23 in the U.S. as NBC’s best drama debut in more than six years, saw week 2 break US DVR history with L+3 figures adding over 5million viewers. 
As a result "The Blacklist" held an impressive 97% of its US premiere numbers in week 2 in both total viewers and 18-49 after three days of DVR viewing.
NBC has now picked up the SPT series for a full season order of 22 episodes.
In Canada, episode two of “The Blacklist” held 94% of its premiere audience on Global, marking the highest retention rate of a total premiere audience for any new show this season[2]. In Mexico, the second instalment significantly built on the premiere with audience growth of 30% on Sony Entertainment Television, again leading the competition in the hour. 
In the UK, Sky Living is celebrating “The Blacklist” as the channel’s highest rating series premiere in 20 years, being the No. 1 non-terrestrial program of the day in all key demographics. 
Viewers across Australia made “The Blacklist” the country’s best U.S. series premiere in one and half years, driving the show to the No. 1 spot of the night among total viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54[4]. In South Korea, the series premiere on TCast’s Screen delivered the channel’s highest rated U.S. series broadcast in the timeslot in more than a year[5]. Next week “The Blacklist” will premiere across Southeast Asia on AXN.
The Blacklist” has been licensed to broadcasters in more than 150 territories around the world. Jon Bokenkamp (“The Call,”“Taking Lives”), John Eisendrath (“Alias”), John Davis (“Predator,” "I, Robot," "Chronicle") and John Fox serve as executive producers.The series is produced by Davis Entertainment Company in association with SPT.
[1] Source: Nielsen
[2] Source: BBM Canada
[3] Source:  IBOPE Media Mexico
[4] Source: OzTAM
[5] Source: TNmS 


Michael Maney
Director, Communications


About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television (, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 11 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 150 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages the studio’s premium streaming network, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of the cable channel Game Show Network (GSN). SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and