It had more promotional hype than all the rest of the new shows on NBC's fall schedule put together, but Knight Rider still pulled in just 7.3 million viewers to its Wednesday-night debut, limping to a dismal third-place finish in the slot behind ABC's Dancing With The Stars and Fox's Bones. That's less than half the audience that tuned in for a Knight Rider movie last spring. The NBC executives who commissioned a series on the basis of the ratings for that movie should have realized it had little competition in a spring schedule decimated by the Hollywood writers' strike.
I can't believe anybody who watched Knight Rider's debut Tuesday came away wanting more of a show that was basically a series of loud noises -- seriously, one of the worst hours of television I've ever had the misfortune to see. Watch the ratings sink from mediocre to awful in the second week, and sometime around the third you can start looking for Grim Nielsen Reaper.