"The Blacklist" will return sooner than expected in January 2014.
NBC's hit fall drama will return on Jan. 13 with three new episodes in its current time slot, which means it air without popular lead-in, "The Voice." The network announced the return on Monday (Dec. 2), before the show's blood-soaked winter finale.
Last season, "Revolution" held the same desirable time slot -- Mondays at 10 pm EST -- and NBC received a lot of flack for putting it on a four-month hiatus after the New Year, which seemed to shrink viewership.
This year, the peacock isn't repeating that mistake. New episodes of the James Spader-fronted drama will air on Jan. 13, 20 and 27, before shifting into Winter Olympics coverage in February.
Deadline notes that both "The Blacklist" and "The Voice" are expected to return just after the Olympics on Feb. 24, but NBC hasn't confirmed or denied the date.