NBC Gives 'Knight Rider' a Full Season
The 1980s remake is the network's first pickup this fall
NBC has ordered nine more episodes of the show, making it the first pickup for the network this fall. The order comes even though, like a lot of new series this fall, "Knight Rider" has attracted only so-so ratings.
Through its first four episodes, the series has averaged about 7.4 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, which places it squarely in the middle of the pack for the season. It does, however, hold its own in the relatively lightly watched 8 p.m. Wednesday timeslot, running neck-and-neck for second place with CBS' comedies. (FOX's "Bones" is the top show in the time period.)
"[Executive producer] Gary Scott Thompson and the great cast and crew of 'Knight Rider' continue to deliver fun, action packed adventures every week," NBC co-chairman Beb Silverman says. "KITT and Michael will continue to travel across the country on their fun, escapist ride pursuing bad guys and saving the day."
The new "Knight Rider," which began life as a decently rated TV movie in February stars Justin Bruening as Mike Traceur, the son of the original show's Michael Knight, who follows in his dad's footsteps by combating various evildoers with the help of supercar KITT (he also eventually takes his dad's name). Deanna Russo, Bruce Davison, Yancey Arias, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Paul Campbell and Smith Cho also star.
"Knight Rider" is the fourth new series this season to earn a pickup, joining FOX's " Fringe," CBS' " The Mentalist" and The CW's " 90210."