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The Blacklist certainly ended the first half of its season with more than a few bangs. And, aside from all the gunfire [and a potential answer to the Lizzy Keen (Megan Boone)/Red (James Spader) paternity mystery], the biggest bombshell of all is in the ratings. The freshman drama nearly tied for the most watched program of the night!

Despite its late time slot and relative newness, the thriller earned huge numbers — keeping pace with its lead-in, The Voice. The singing competition has held the #1 spot on Monday nights for a while now, and held on with a modest rise of 3% to a total of 12.35 million viewers last night. However, The Blacklist was hot on its heels, shooting up 17% from the previous week to 12.26 million viewers.

Unfortunately, those 12M+ viewers have a bit of a wait before the next name on Red’s list comes up. The show is on hiatus until January 13, 2014. It’s going to be a long, grueling six weeks.

While The Blacklist’s hiatus is majorly bad news for fans of crime thrillers led by dudes with questionable morals and penchants for fedoras, it’s music the the ears of people who can’t get enough of watching people sing. The show’s December replacement is returning acapella singing competition The Sing-Off.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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