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. kt jones says

    This show rules! One of the few shows I’d actually turn on a TV for, and a rare one that makes me laugh out loud, besides the Daily Show. Hope they at least air the rest of the episodes online.

  2. Freda Edwards says

    Why would you guys ever think of getting rid of it. We need more comedy such as this in our homes. I am so disappointed. My son and I had a ball laughing at the show. Please re-consider. Please. We need a laugh now and then in our life.

  3. chuy says

    Knights of prosperity rocks, i can’t understand ABC, this is the best comedy show that they have had. I am so angry to read this new.

  4. goat says

    loved knights, something different and interesting for a change but it probably doesnt stand a chance since america is obsessed with nothing more than reality shows, detective shows, and medical shows. sad sad times

  5. Rich M. says

    This show is a dead-on spoof of the kind of cop/mystery shows we watched in the 70s (remember all those Quinn/Martin Prodoctions?) right down to the lettering, music and characters, loving brought up to date with goofy, comedic performances, zany plots and let’s not forget Sophia (the most gorgeous woman to walk the earth.) what a shame that something this original be cancelled?

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