After being canceled towards the end of the summer of 2012, the AMC drama “The Killing” made a triumphant return thanks to a new deal with AMC and Fox Television Studios, not to mention an agreement with Netflix to stream the new season just 90 days after the finale. But the audience apparently still wasn’t big enough.
THR has word that AMC has decided not to renew “The Killing” for a fourth season, citing that ratings didn’t really improve in the third season. Though the third season opened to 1.8 million viewers, that’s nothing compared to the 2.7 million viewers who started watching when the showed premiered in 2011, and the finale showed a slight decrease with just 1.5 million viewers tuning in.
The initial cancellation in 2012 came after loyal viewers seemed displeased with the fact that the series didn’t answer the big question of “Who killed Rosie Larsen?” in the first season finale, causing the series to lose 30% of their viewers in the second season. But not even a new case and a new cast, which included Peter Sarsgaard joining series regulars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, could get viewers back on board the show. A statement from Fox Teleivison Studios says:
“While we would have loved to produce a fourth season for AMC, FTVS is immensely grateful to everyone involved with this moving series: our brilliant cast, led by Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman and season three’s Peter Sarsgaard, our stellar executive producer, Veena Sud, a remarkable writing and producing team, and a tireless, dedicated crew. Most of all, FTVS thanks the terrific fans of The Killing, who communicated their appreciation for the show throughout its run.”
This doesn’t bode well for the fate of AMC when their hit series “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” expire over the next year. Their new series “Low Winter Sun” isn’t holding on to a lot of the viewers watching “Breaking Bad,” and new series like “Line of Sight” with David Morrisey (The Governor on “The Walking Dead”) and “Half & Catch Fire” with Lee Pace have yet to be tested. Here’s hoping the network has something to replace the series that made them a great place for original programming.
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