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Well, apparently not as many people were as excited as we were about the return of NBC’s The Blacklist. The thriller hit a series low according to ratings gurus TV By The Numbers. How low did they go?

Actually, it could have been worse. Garnering a 2.5 ratings in the 18 to 49 demo — down from the 3.2 earned for its midseason finale — the James Spader-led drama definitely took a serious dip, but it’s not out of the ordinary or overly worrisome for fans of the freshman series. In fact, The Blacklist still managed to dominate its Monday 10 to 11 p.m. timeslot with 9.11 million total live viewers, though ABC’s Castle was hot on its heels with 8.95 million pairs of eyeballs.

These numbers also don’t reflect the number of viewers who plan to watch the show through alternative time-shifting methods such as DVR, Hulu, or on-demand programming. But any way you slice it, we doubt NBC is complaining about this dip.

The Blacklist was still the top TV drama of the night in ratings and total viewers, putting NBC’s year-over-year average up 67 percent. And that’s despite swapping out its popular lead-in The Voice with the decidedly more niche-show American Ninja Warriors.

Let’s just hope this isn’t a trend. Red has a lot of names left on that list.

Source: TV by the Numbers