It doesn’t take an FBI agent to figure out that NBC has been pleased with Blindspot. The freshman crime drama’s first season was extended to 23 episodes last month, and now the network has renewed it for its second season.
Blindspot, which stars Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton, follows a woman (Alexander) who has no memories prior to being found drugged and naked in a bag in New York City’s Time Square. Even more shocking is that Jane Doe’s body is covered in tattoos that are related to crimes and conspiracies. She and the FBI, including Special Agent Kurt Weller (Stapleton) take up the trail of her markings, finding more mysteries along the way.
As Deadline points out, a renewal this early is unusual, but the show has been a breakout hit, performing especially well among adults 18-49. Averaging a 3.7 rating in that demo, according to Nielsen estimates, it is the No. 1 new fall series among adults. Blindspot has been the leader of the 10 p.m. time slot, bringing in an average of 12.7 million viewers overall each week. Time-shifting has played a hand in Blindspot‘s success, which isn’t surprising given how late it airs.
“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,” said Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment. “Jaimie and Sullivan have done an amazing job of ratcheting up the tension each week in trying to unravel the mystery of Jane’s tattoos.”
Blindspot also stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ukweli Roach, and Ashley Johnson. The series was created by Martin Gero and is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Mark Pellington, and Marcos Siega.
The renewal is good news for Blindspot fans, given that the show has barely scratched the surface of Jane’s many mysterious tattoos. Fortunately, we don’t heave to fear that they’ll run out, either; Gero told Digital Trends in an interview that “some of the tattoos have double meanings,” which leaves the door open for them to double-back as needed.