Will 'The Killing' Premiere Kill It in the Ratings? - Poll (Updated w/Ratings)

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June 2nd, 2013

The Killing Season 3

Update: Overall the guesses in the poll were too optimistic. In preliminary ratings The Killing drew 1.8 million viewers and a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating vs. 1.8 million and a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating in its season 2 premiere.


Tonight, season three of The Killing  premieres on AMC. The show was cancelled after season two, then AMC reconsidered. While the show received a fair amount of critical acclaim, the ratings were never strong.  But this season the show is jumping on the serial killer bandwagon instead of just focusing on Rosie Larsen's murder, which may add some excitement. It will certainly up the body count.  The season two finale in June 2012 earned a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. How do you think the premiere will fare tonight? Make your predictions.


  • Louis

    I saw the opening last night… Geeze louise I was bored for the majority of the 2 hours. I was expecting some action and interesting dialogue. I was disappointed.

  • Sel

    The Killing is easily the best crime show on television, I don’t get why is not getting the attention it deserves….

  • Dante

    AMC are really going all out for this, they’ve done a lot of promotion and now they’re offering the first 2 eps for free on iTunes, hope this gets good ratings, i love this show and season 3 premiere was brilliant

  • nope

    1.8 million viewers

  • Andies

    0.4? this will certainly be the last and final season..

  • CrimTV

    Yes the premiere scored 1.8 million viewers and 539,000 18-49 viewers.

  • Parker

    0.4???? wow that’s sad :(( I loved it, but well that doesn’t matter for the ratings.

  • DenverDean

    All is not lost. The fact that it basically maintained its numbers is good. If the mystery catches on, the numbers will go up.

  • Evan

    The show is dead! AMC promoted this show like crazy and all it could pull was a .4? I have no clue also how the shows season 2 finale gets around 1.4 million viewers and pulls a .5 and then the viewers increase for season 3 to a 1.8 and yet the demo goes down to a .4

  • realltpeople


    And with greatly reduced competition, too. Could you imagine if they waited much longer and went against the Dexters and True Bloods on cable? It just shows that AMC was right in the first place to cancel it. The audience isn’t there for it and it’s highly unlikely to increase to even “adequate” numbers. Along with the reality shows, The Killing needs to be placed out to pasture for good so that AMC can get back on the right track and not just be The Walking Dead network.

  • Ryan

    Well this makes things interesting for next year. Will Low Winter Sun or Hell On Wheels production be sped up to make June/July block?

  • reallypeople


    Unlikely. There’s no guarantee LWS will do any better than The Killing. And given it’s similar format… it’ll probably be on par. As for HOW, AMC is continuing to insist that it’s primary function is to get people to watch/sell the bulk of westerns they purchase and dusty re-treads (Into The West anyone??). Instead of letting it grow naturally and lead off a night. (Last year doesn’t count because of the loss of DISH). What they should have done is scrap the reality junk that isn’t doing anything for AMC… move HOW to Thursday, and then place LWS there as a placeholder until Turn is ready. But alas… they are making a point on reclaiming Saturday instead of being competitive with TNT/USA/FX.

  • pirate1303

    Turned off after 15 min- boring- slow and dumb

  • two

    LOL at you dopes thinking this was going to pull a 0.6 or higher.

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