December 3, 2008
Though NBC kept touting that the Justin Bruening revival of Knight Rider
was a success, the ratings have told a different story. Then, many were shocked when the network ordered nine more episodes. Now, to little surprise, NBC is pulling the plug.
debuted on September 24th, as a follow-up to the TV movie that aired last February. Taking place 25 years after the original exploits
of Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) and his high-tech, four-wheeled partner, KITT (voiced by William Daniels). Mike Traceur (Bruening) is the son of Knight and the driver of the newest KITT (voiced by Val Kilmer). The car was built by Charles Graiman (Bruce Davison), the father of Mike's former girlfriend, Sarah (Deanna Russo). The rest of the cast includes Paul Campbell, Yancey Arias, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, and Smith Cho.
A few revivals of Rider
have been attempted over the years but none have been a success. The newest version is, unfortunately, no exception. The premiere episode debuted to just 7.35 million viewers and a 2.5/7 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. The audience for Rider's
second episode grew to 7.77 million while the demo remained essentially flat at 2.4/7. The following three episodes averaged about 7.2 million but the demo began slowly dropping with each new installment.
August 22, 2008
Filming is currently underway for NBC’s new Knight Rider
series. Though the two-hour pilot movie performed well in the ratings last February, many viewers expressed Read more . . .