Netflix has just made history once again, with Deadline revealing that the streaming service reportedly shelled out a whopping $2 million per episode for the exclusive streaming rights to NBC's The Blacklist.
Season 1 of the hit series, which stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix and Parminder Nagra, will be available to Netflix subscribers next weekend, giving fans plenty of time to catch up before Season 2 kicks off Monday, September 22 at 10 PM ET on NBC. For future seasons, Netflix typically makes new seasons available shortly after the season finales.
The $2 million per episode fee is the biggest paid by Netflix or any other streaming service, besting the $1.35 million per episode Netflix shells out for AMC's The Walking Dead. Sony's deal also allows the company to sell The Blacklist in syndication to other cable and broadcast networks, although Netflix does get an exclusive window where it will stream the show first. The deal is similar to one 20th Century Fox Television struck with Netflix for the hit sitcom New Girl. More than a year after that deal was made for $900,000 per episode, 20th Century Fox Television sold the syndication rights to TBS and MTV.
Sony Television helped usher in the era of "binge watching" through its early deal with Netflix for AMC's Breaking Bad. Sony's upcoming Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul will also stream on Netflix after its debut next year on AMC.