It looks like The Killing is dead — for a second time. Deadline reports that AMC has cancelled the crime drama once again.
The cable channel cancelled The Killing last year after the ratings sagged in season two. Fox Television Studios was ultimately able to make a new deal with AMC and Netflix that resulted in a third season being ordered.
Despite having the support of some devoted fans, the ratings didn’t grow in season three and actually fell a bit. Season two garnered 1.58 million while season three averaged 1.52 million.
Word is that Fox may try to find a new home for The Killing once again but it seems unlikely that the series will be saved a second time.
In a statement, AMC said, “We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of The Killing… We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched.”
The studio noted, “Fox Television Studios is extremely proud of all three seasons of The Killing… We’re especially gratified to have orchestrated a unique deal with AMC for season three 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 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.”
What do you think? Will you miss The Killing? Was season three as good as the first two seasons? Did you lose interest? Would you have watched season four?