The Troll Farmer

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"The Troll Farmer"
The Blacklist episode
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 1
Directed byMichael Watkins
Written byJon Bokenkamp
John Eisendrath
Original air dateOctober 1, 2015
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Jon Bokenkamp co-wrote the episode.

"The Troll Farmer" is the first episode and season premiere of the third season of the American crime television series The Blacklist. The episode aired October 1, 2015 on NBC. The episode reached 7.76 million viewers in the United States.[1]


With Liz and Reddington on the run, Ressler, the new director of the task force, interrogates Cooper about Liz's last known whereabouts and strives to find them. A cabal operative lures Dembe to his lair by threatening his granddaughter. The Troll Farmer creates diversions on social media, helping Reddington flee the city, but Liz is unable to escape, so she takes refuge in the Russian embassy.[2]


The episode was watched by 7.76 million American viewers and received an 18-49 rating/share of 1.8/6.[3] The show placed second in its timeslot and sixth for the night.[3] Ratings for the premiere are down considerably from the second season premiere "Lord Baltimore," which was watched by 12.55 million viewers and attained an 18-49 rating/share of 3.5/10.[4] It is the lowest-rated season premiere for the series yet.

Including DVR playback, the episode received a total viewership tally of 13.24 million viewers and attained an 18-49 rating of 3.5.[5]

Jim McMahon of IGN gave the episode a 7.3 out of 10, saying "A seamless return for season 3 finds The Blacklist right where it left off: plenty of action, an entertaining James Spader but also with a lackluster FBI task force running the show."[6]


  1. ^ Dixon, Dani (October 2, 2015). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Bones' & 'The Player' Adjusted Up + Final Football Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "The Blacklist: "The Troll Farmer"". Zap2it. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Dixon, Dani (October 2, 2015). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Bones' & 'The Player' Adjusted Up + Final Football Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda. "'Gotham' Has Biggest Adults 18-49 Ratings Increase; 'Gotham' & 'Red Band Society' Top Percentage Gains & 'How To Get Away With Murder' Tops Viewer Gains in Live +7 Ratings for Week Ending September 28". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Porter, Rick (October 19, 2015). "Broadcast Live +7 ratings, week 2: 'The Blacklist' premiere joins 'Empire' and 'Blindspot' atop the charts". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  6. ^ McMahon, Jim (October 2, 2015). "The Blacklist: "The Troll Farmer" Review". IGN. Retrieved December 12, 2015.

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