AMC's 'The Killing': Did cliffhanger anger lead to lower ratings?
AMC's moody crime drama returned for its second season Sunday with a two-hour premiere that averaged 1.8 million total viewers, plunging one-third compared with last year's premiere, according to Nielsen.
The key to the drop-off may be last year's season finale cliffhanger, which outraged fans by not wrapping up the mystery surrounding teenager Rosie Larsen's death. Actually, "outraged" might be too gentle a word, considering that an angry online mob seemed ready to chase down executive producer Veena Sud with pitchforks and torches.
AMC pointed out that the Sunday ratings slipped a more modest 16% compared with last year's overall season average. But that's cold comfort to network executives given that prior to the Season 1 finale, "The Killing" was one of TV's best-reviewed shows and considered the latest triumph from the network that gave us "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead."
AMC ran the premiere again at 11 p.m., for a nightly cumulative of 2.5 million viewers.
If you watched, what did you think of "The Killing" premiere? And if you didn't, was it because you felt betrayed by the Season 1 closer?
— Scott Collins (twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT)
Photo: Joel Kinnaman, left, and Mireille Enos in a scene from Season 2 of "The Killing." Credit: Frank Ockenfels / AMC.