Ratings: ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 Premiere Grows From Megan Boone Exit Episode Last June

Thursdays at 8 p.m. suit James Spader drama better

“The Blacklist” debuted its ninth season Thursday on NBC to higher ratings, and almost 1 million more viewers, than it saw for its Season 8 finale in June, an episode that featured the exit of longtime star Megan Boone as FBI agent Elizabeth Keen.

The Season 9 premiere of the James Spader-led drama “The Blacklist” drew a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 3 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen data. That’s up from the 0.2 rating and 2.1 million total viewers that the Season 8 finale posted in comparable initial numbers.

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Tony Maglio

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Jennifer Maas

Jennifer Maas

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