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Kings: NBC Pulls Drama after One Saturday Night Showing

KingsThough NBC had high hopes for its ambitious Kings drama, the series has just not lived up to expectations. You know things are bad when a network ships a series off to Saturday nights. You know things are incredibly bad when the networks pull them from Saturday nights!

Kings revolves around the fictional nation of Gilboa, a United States-like country except that it’s ruled by a king, Silas Benjamin (Ian McShane). Based on the biblical tale of King David, the series features the talents of Christopher Egan, Susanna Thompson, Michael Patrick Crane, Allison Miller, Sebastian Stan, Eamonn Walker, Dylan Baker, Wes Studi, Joel Garland, Jason Antoon, Sarita Choudhury, and Macaulay Culkin.

After a lackluster premiere and poor subsequent showings, the peacock network decided to send the drama off to Saturday nights, the least-watched evening for network television. Last Saturday night, April 18th, was the first airing. It attracted a dismal number of viewers; 2.24 million and a 0.5/2 rating/share in the desirable 18-49 demographic.

That apparently isn’t enough for NBC and they’ve pulled the show from Saturday nights effective immediately. Repeats of Law & Order: SVU will fill the timeslot, at least for the time being. Fans of the show will have to wait until June 13th to see their show return to the Saturday at 8pm timeslot.

Despite a devoted following and a big budget, it looks like Kings is going down in the history books as one of this season’s biggest failures.


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Terry January 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I just finished watching the first season of KINGS on NetFlix… I can’t believe it never got carried over to a second season to finish the story…

This was a fascinating tv series….among the better I’ve seen over the years and 1,000 times better than dumb reality shows on TV.


wow August 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm
kfra franco April 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

for me think there are other reasons but nevertheless i need to know what really happened next.


blkbtrfly22 December 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I thought the whole idea behind this series was the most coolest thing I had seen on television in a long time. I was telling my friends about the series and they were looking forward to seeing it because of how excited I was about it. I feel like this series should be revived. I cannot believe they pulled this series in light of all the reality tv garbage that is on tv and nothing else. Why did NBC not offer the series to some christian station or production like the ones that do the Left Behind Series. They did a lousey job publicizing the series unlike others. You really should bring this series back. I hope can get the word to the powers that be that there are many many people who want to see this series back on television.


Rose September 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I really looked forward to watching this show each week. I have wondered what has happened to it and why it isn’t showing. I think you should really give it some more time. I think you also have a larger following than you think. It is a real disappointment you have removed the one show I really looked forward to watching.


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