I think everyone was surprised when AMC decided to resurrect The Killing from the dead after a long hiatus and a pair of frustrating seasons. The third season reportedly was an improvement on its predecessors with an entirely new case to solve, but it appears the reboot wasn’t enough to get audiences interested. AMC has cancelled the show a second time.
The problem was that while the show started out pretty good with a 1.8M premiere, it dropped to about 1.3-1.5 million during the rest of the season. Those numbers were essentially on par with the second season’s figures, which is why the show was cancelled in the first place.
Here’s the official word from the studio on the show’s passing:
“We’re especially gratified to have orchestrated a unique deal with AMC for Season 3 that included a bold partnership with Netflix. 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 3’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.”
I can only speak to the first season of the show, because that’s the only one I watched, but the problem was always that The Killing was a well-shot, well-acted show that was just so terribly dumb. It FELT like it was quality enough to be on AMC, but the actual story and plotlines were far too stupid and dragged down the performances contained within. I’ve never seen a show with more red herrings than I did in the first season of that show. I never forgave it, and never came back. Turns out I wasn’t the only one.