The Knights of Prosperity: ABC Sitcom Already Cancelled?

The Knights of ProsperityLast week, in an attempt to do damage control from the effects of the ratings juggernaut known as American Idol, ABC reshuffled its Wednesday night sitcom schedule. But will that move be enough to save newbie sitcom The Knights of Prosperity? Probably not. It looks like the show’s fate may already be decided.

The Knights of Prosperity debuted on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 on ABC. The sitcom follows a gang of misfits (the “Knights”) who come up with the idea to burgle rock-legend Mick Jagger’s luxury apartment. The show was initially going to be called Let’s Rob Jeff Goldblum but was changed to Let’s Rob Mick Jagger when Goldblum’s Raines pilot for NBC was picked up. That titled was changed to Knights of Prosperity, perhaps at the request of Jagger who appeared in the premiere episode. The series features actors Donal Logue, Sofia Vergara, Lenny Venito, Maz Jobrani, Kevin Michael Richardson and Josh Grisetti.

Up against the ratings hog Sugar Bowl, the debut of The Knights of Prosperity garnered a 4.4 rating (less than five million households). The next week, up against regular competition, Knights attracted 3.5 million households. Then, once American Idol hit, things got really bad. The latest episode of Knights dropped once again with just over 2.5 million households.

In moving the sitcom from 9pm to 8:30pm it seems that ABC has some faith in Knights of Prosperity and is trying to save it. Still, it looks like the sitcom’s fate may already sealed. One source has reported that ABC has told the Knights writing staff that they won’t be ordering additional episodes beyond the initial 13-episode order (like the “back nine” episodes to fill out a full season). There’s no word of Knights being pulled from the primetime schedule but this does mean that the show is essentially finished.

No word on the fate of sister sitcom In Case of Emergency. It’s been getting equally poor ratings but is still stuck fending for itself it the sitcom’s regular timeslot. Up against Idol? Talk about an emergency…stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Mikkicakes says

    KOP was such a funny show. I loved it from the beginning and would rewatch tivo’d episodes with my hubby and son..

    It was laugh-out-loud funny and since,I dont care about American Idol or other shows like that, it was a welcomed change.

    Boo to the knuckle-heads for turning their backs on such an excellent show.

    Reality tv is going to rott everyones brain….

  2. Natalie Goff says

    I was SO excited when my Tivo recorded Knights August 8th because IT WAS BACK!! YIPPEE!!!! The writers and the cast are so funny, and now there are no more episodes scheduled??????? Again?????? After one episode? Give me a break.


  3. bktaco says

    I still don’t understand why Knights didn’t take off, except that ABC really goofed on scheduling. Why not try it out again in the summer during rerun wasteland, and show all episodes incuding the 4 not aired. Better yet … NBC, FOX or CBS should pick up Knights (at least they seem to know something about comedy).

  4. Joanna R says

    I love “Knights of Prosperity” and especially when they take the jokes too far. Any show that gives me more than what I’ve been programmed to expect is worth watching. I only wish they’d make it an hour long. SAVE THE SHOW – DON’T CANCEL.

  5. SignYourNameAcrossMyHeart says

    Please don’t cancel the show. It is the only show that I watch on TV. Everything else SUCKS. Please keep the Knights of Prosperity. It is Hilarious!

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