LOS ANGELES -- The Blacklist is on NBC's good list.
The network showed its support for the James Spader drama by picking up for the full, 22-episode season, ordering nine episodes to supplement the initial 13.
Over its first two episodes, Blacklist (Monday, 10 p.m. ET/PT), in which Spader plays "Concierge of Crime" Red Reddington, has averaged 12 million viewers and has done well attracting young adults. The series, which also stars Megan Boone, has been helped by a strong lead-in, The Voice.
"The many layers of Red Reddington and his mysterious reasons for getting into bed with the FBI seem to be fascinating to fans of this show," NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement accompanying the episode pickup.
In Blacklist, Spader's Reddington, a longtime fugitive who surrenders to the FBI, helps the agency to catch a "blacklist" of international criminals under the condition he speaks only to rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen (Boone). The series also stars Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold and Parminder Nagra.