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The Knights of Prosperity: ABC Pulls the Sitcom

The Knights of ProsperityABC recently reshuffled its Wednesday night schedule in response to the ratings powerhouse American Idol on FOX. As part of that reshuffling, the network moved The Knights of Prosperity from 9pm to 8:30pm. Would that be enough to save the sitcom? Apparently not.

The Knights of Prosperity debuted on Wednesday, January 3, 2007. The sitcom followed a gang of misfits (the “Knights”) who came up with the idea to rob Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger’s luxury apartment. The series featured actors Donal Logue, Sofia Vergara, Lenny Venito, Maz Jobrani, Kevin Michael Richardson and Josh Grisetti.

In its debut against the Sugar Bowl, Knights attracted a 4.4 rating (4.8 million households). The next week, up against regular competition, Knights attracted only 3.5 million households. Once American Idol began, the ratings got worse. ABC’s schedule move didn’t seem to help much (or actually take it out of Idol’s path when Idol moved to 8pm). The last episode only attracted 3.2 million households.

In truth, there were rumors that the series’ fate was already sealed back in late January. One source reported that Knights writers had been told by the network not to bother writing any scripts beyond the initial 13 episode order.

Now, ABC has pulled the series from the Wednesday night schedule effective immediately. A repeat of According to Jim will replace Knights on March 7th and repeat episodes of George Lopez will fill the slot on March 14th and March 21st.

Though it looks unlikely that the series will return, the series has not been officially cancelled by the network. An ABC representative has told us that the show will return at some point in the future. Timing wise, this was a natural story break with the Knights now turning their sights on a new target, Ray Romano, as revealed at the end of the February 28th episode. The episodes with Romano have been completed and would likely attract higher than usual ratings. We’ll let you know when we hear more. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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Mike J Brown August 21, 2011 at 6:43 am

This was a very interesting show..

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kpX April 1, 2007 at 4:52 pm

I hate the American Idol monster ><. Bye bye Knights and In case of emergency.. :(

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billy samat March 23, 2007 at 2:53 pm

wow someone link or make a site to save the knights man. this was the only show i watched on tv instead of the internet and they cancelled it. I hate my life.

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Chas567 March 21, 2007 at 5:49 am

This was undoubtedly the funniest show on TV. Better than Office, Earl (which I think are both funny as well). It’s clever and laugh out loud. Maybe ABC should find a better time slot for it so people have an opportunity to view it.

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username March 18, 2007 at 6:57 am

I.C.E. follows the curse.

That is, becuz I like it.

Kind of a mix of Scrubs, and The Class(which I believe is the new Friends).

The curse follows The Class, too.
And Studio 60.
And 30 Rock.

Out of maybe 8 or 10 shows that I watch religiously every week.

Maybe Andy Barker Controls The Universe……

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charlene March 15, 2007 at 7:53 am

The knights got pulled off air?!!
oh that really sux..there’s a bunch of us into the knights..please bring it back!!

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Wes March 8, 2007 at 5:21 pm

It’s not completely a goner yet, please take a few mins out of your busy day to visit Save The Knights of Prosperity myspace set up and request to be a friend of this great series.

http://www.myspace.com/savetheknight

Help save this great show!

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Scott Daily March 7, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Knights of Prosperity is undoubtably the best show on commercial TV-witty, well written and performed, and just plain fun. Let’s hope for it’s return.

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Adam March 6, 2007 at 6:51 pm

this sucks…

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