Knightfall Canceled By History After Two Seasons


Bad news for fans of chivalry! Knightfall has been canceled by History after two seasons. This was all but a foregone conclusion as Knightfall’s second and final season concluded on May 13, 2019 and there have not been any updates on Knightfall season 3 since. Now History has made the cancellation official, according to Deadline

The writing was on the wall for History’s Middle Ages epic even before the second season conclusion came and went without a renewal. Despite adding Mark Hamill (Star Wars) for its second season, Knightfall Season 2 featured a steep drop in ratings from its already ratings-challenged first season. According to the site TV Series Finale, Knightfall averaged a dismal 0.12 rating in the 18-49 demographic and attracted around only 650,000 viewers per episode total. That is a nearly 50% drop in viewers from the first season.

Bigger networks might be able to get away with attracting a hyper niche audience and riding along with some critical acclaim, but History was likely in search of a hit with the ambitious Knightfall. History will have to keep looking elsewhere as well, as it also canceled its other ambitious genre project in Project Blue Book after two seasons. Looks like it’s time to go back to the drawing board in search of the next Mad Men or Breaking Bad

Knightfall takes place in the early 1300s and follows the success and eventual fall of the fabled Knights Templar (also known as the bad guys in Assassin’s Creed) under King Philip IV of France. The Templar were the most powerful and mysterious military order of their time. 

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