June 20, 2011 1:11pm PT by Philiana Ng
'The Killing' Finishes Off Season on Solid Ratings Note
Though there was mixed reactions to the season finale of AMC's freshman drama The Killing, the slow-paced series ended with a solid ratings performance.
Drawing 2.3 million viewers to Sunday night's closer at 10 p.m., the Mireille Enos-Joel Kinnaman drama rose dramatically from its penultimate episode, which lured 1.8 million. For the finale, about 1.07 million were in the adults 25-54 demographic.
According to AMC, the first season of The Killing was the second-highest freshman season in the network's history behind The Walking Dead in viewers and the adult demos (18-49, 25-54).
To compare, the series debut of the Veena Sud-developed series attracted a series high 2.72 million to its two-hour launch.
THR's chief television critic Tim Goodman wrote about the series post-finale: "The Killing relied entirely too much on red herrings, a gambit that grows increasinbly ineffectual the more it's used. ... in the course of an hour, The Killing shook off a chance to close Rosie's murder, prolonging into Season 2 a fan's need to follow the show down another twists-filled path, and took one of the most likable characters in the show and made him a creep."