AMC Has Cause for Concern as Drama’s New Season Premieres to Low Numbers

Apr 3, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The future of an AMC drama series took a hit when the show’s audience numbers dropped off for the premiere of its second season, reports Joe Adalian in New York Magazine’s Vulture blog.

The initial broadcast of the two-hour premiere of "The Killing" drew 1.8 million viewers, a 20% decline from the 2.3 million people who watched the show’s first-season finale, the piece points out.

AMC has reason to be concerned about the ratings, Adalian writes. "First, cable shows almost always start off with big premiere ratings before trending downward in the following weeks, bouncing back when the finale rolls around," Adalian notes.

"This likely means ‘The Killing’ will take a dip over the next few weeks, resulting in year-to-year declines by the time season two wraps," he writes. "[W]hile it’s too soon to declare a final verdict on ‘The Killing’s’ ratings, the odds of the show getting a third season just decreased dramatically."


  1. Heads up, writers. Ya think you can give us a killer by the end of season 2? Do you think you can? Well, do ya?
    People are pissed off about being screwed with and aren’t coming back to watch. I blame the showrunner, who promised this wouldn’t be like Twin Peaks – that we WOULD know who killed Rosie Larson – before the script for the season 1 finale was even written.

  2. Whether the killer is identified or not isn’t critical and isn’t the issue. The real issue is getting the word out. I am a huge fan, watched every episode last year, and knew nothing about this premiere until I got to work on Monday morning and everyone was talking about it. I was watching the final episode of Shameless Sunday night. The networks need to realize that people are getting their information from a lot of sources – but not always TV anymore.

  3. The bottom line is that the viewer is getting tired of investing time into a show and not getting answers. It is like reading a good who-done-it book and finding out that the last chapter is missing, and will never be written.
    This is happening to much with to many shows and people are really starting to get pissed off.

  4. I watched a few of last season’s episodes leading up to the premier of season 2 and think I’m pretty much caught up. Sunday’s season opener was exciting for me. I agree we want to know who the killer is but hey folks we’re only up to day 15 or something like that after “The Killing” let’s go for the ride and see how long it lasts. Now if we get to day 365 and no killer…… (Note to the writer’s, go easy on the personal life of the cops, that’s a series killer for sure, remember The Shield???)

  5. Oh come on. If you’re much a big fan, how do you NOT know a show you like is coming back? Even if you missed the promos during Walking Dead and Mad Men (which were at least one every half-hour) there are billboards and reviews of it all over the place.
    Face the facts… people didn’t tune in because the show moves at a snail’s pace without releaving anything of importance. Not to mention it’s full of pathetic “plot twists” that wouldn’t pass the writer’s room of even the worst Law & Order episodes.

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