The network had high hopes for Kings, a series based on the Biblical tale of King David. With a large cast of actors like Ian McShane, Christopher Egan, Allison Miller, Susanna Thompson, Sebastian Stan, Eamonn Walker, and Dylan Baker, NBC reportedly spent $10 million on the two-hour debut and $4 million on subsequent episodes.
Unfortunately, Kings failed to attract many viewers for its debut on Sunday, March 15th. The premiere attracted an average of just 6.08 million viewers and a 1.6/4 rating/share of the 18-49 demographic.
After two more weeks of dismal and declining ratings on Sundays, NBC shuffled the series off to Saturday nights. Understandably, viewership continued to fall and the airings averaged well under two million viewers.
While the series found a devoted group of viewers, the numbers certainly weren’t enough to warrant a sophomore season. Sadly, the series finale only leaves loyal watchers wanting more. For those that missed it, it’s been posted below. It’s called “The New King, Part Two.”
Do you have any thoughts as to why Kings wasn’t a big success? Is it purely the network’s fault or did audiences tune out for another reason? In the end, do you think the Biblical relation helped or hurt the show?
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I was hugely disappointed to see that Kings has been cancelled!
I to only found the programme by accident and loved it.
I purchased all the eopisodes on playstation Network as I was addicted from the FIRST eposide I accidently ran accross. I had never heard of this show. It was never advertised and Im very dissappointed it wasn’t finished. Im starting a petition.
Love “Kings” bring it back!
In response to Don…type nbc/hulu website and then add: /KINGS to the end of that to get the entire series. I don’t understand why NBC “had had high hopes for Kings” when it was not even advertised well or properly. In addition they switch the time slots. How can you have high hopes when making these TWO CRUCIAL mistakes in promoting a show???? The biblical relation did not hurt the show because its a tale. Almost like any other movie that involves kings, queens, etc. To NBC 1. Bring it back 2. Market it, advertise it well and better than… Read more »
I too never heard of the show and ran across it by accident channel surfing late one night on cable. Was immediately hooked. Why was it never advertised? I found this blog by searching on line to see if I could find more episodes to watch, evidently not.