NBC’s corny car opera, Knight Rider, drove off with 12.70 million viewers Sunday. In this day of depressed ratings, that’s a hit! It won its timeslot and attracted probably enough viewers to move forward with a series order. Welcome to the desperate new world of network television.
This is the remake which featured Toronto’s Will Arnett (Arrested Development) as the voice of KITT–the one reason to look forward to this series–until Ford, who sponsored the movie as a boost for their Shelby ‘Stang, hit the brakes. Arnett has voiced GMC truck ads for a decade, as if the producers didn’t know. Arnett was replaced just weeks ago by beefy ex-Batman Val Kilmer. Holy paycheck, Batman!