Justin Bruening in Knight Rider by Chris Haston/NBC Photo Justin Bruening in Knight Rider by Chris Haston/NBC Photo

Sunday's Knight Rider TV-movie reboot/backdoor pilot may have generated enough RPMs to earn itself a series pickup for the 2008-09 season. Not only was its audience of 12.7 million second only to Sunday night's Extreme Makeover, but KITT's latest adventure delivered the best 18-49 numbers of any TV-movie since March 2005's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Elsewhere, CBS' slightly tamed Dexter slayed 8.14 mil, or more than 10 times the audience the same series premiere drew during its original Showtime run. In the same 10 o'clock hour opposite Knight Rider, Brothers & Sisters took a hit, mustering just 8.5 mil. (But at least the bitter-stepchild storyline was nipped in the bud.)

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