AMC’s “The Killing” returned to solid numbers for its Season 3 premiere, as the lure of a fresh start proved greater than answering the mystery of who killed Rosie Larsen.
Last night’s two-hour season premiere drew 1.8 million viewers, a nice jump from the 1.45 million viewers who tuned in for the Season 2 finale (which finally resolved two seasons worth of the Rosie Larsen murder investigation).
The Season 3 premiere audience was even with the Season 2 premiere, demonstrating once again that there’s a core fan base for this series frequently dismissed by critics as tedious and pretentious.
However, a significant portion of that audience is outside of AMC’s target demos: “The Killing” averaged just 671,000 adults 25-54 and 563,000 adults 18-49.
The show’s third season follows an all new investigation and welcomes new cast members Elias Koteas, Amy Seimetz and Peter Sarsgaard alongside returning stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman. AMC ordered 12 episodes for Season 3, with both the season premiere and season finale airing in two-hour blocks.