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October 04, 2013 at 10:42 PM EDT

Cross this one off your “will it last?” list.

NBC announced Friday that it has ordered nine more episodes of The Blacklist, the twisty “villain catching villains” procedural starring James Spader. The network had previously ordered 13 episodes of the drama; with this, it has committed to a full 22-episode season.

“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 Salke said in a press release. “With great talent like James Spader and Megan Boone on board, as well our stellar executive producers and the whole cast and crew, we believe this outstanding series will continue to make NBC a big destination on Monday nights.”

NBC has reason to be confident — The Blacklist‘s first two episodes have both won their Monday night timeslot, averaging a 3.6 rating in adults 18-49. Additionally, the series has averaged 12 million pairs of eyes per episode, making it the fall season’s top new network drama in total viewers.

But while The Blacklist can boast an early back-9 order, it’s still not the fall season’s biggest success story; that’d be Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, which earned a surprise season 2 renewal yesterday. What’s more, the supernatural drama’s ratings have been big even without the benefit of a huge lead-in like The Voice, which airs before The Blacklist. Guess the Headless Horseman is the one scoundrel capable of thwarting Red Reddington.

James Spader returns as Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington, a mastermind criminal who teams up with the FBI.
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