Industry observers who expressed surprise when NBC announced in October that it would order a full season of Knight Rider despite its lackluster ratings were likely even more surprised when the network said that it will produce only 17 episodes and yank the show from its schedule on February 25. The following week, NBC said, it will present a "new show ... to be announced soon." NBC has continued to see an exodus of viewers this season (except for its Monday Night Football fans). Knight Rider is not expected to return to the NBC schedule.