December 06, 2013 2:18pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Low Winter Sun' Canceled at AMC
The sun has set on Low Winter Sun.
AMC has canceled the cop drama after only one season, AMC has confirmed. The network declined further comment.
The series was based on the British mini and starred Mark Strong and The Walking Dead favorite Lennie James as homicide detectives in Detroit. The series was paired with the final run of Breaking Bad on Sundays at 10 p.m. and after bowing to 2.51 million total viewers, rapidly lost steam and was eventually moved to 11 p.m. -- after Talking Bad -- to finish off its run.
Low Winter Sun completed its run in October, finishing with 630,000 total viewers and a per-episode average of 1.2 million total viewers over its 10-episode run. AMC Studios was a co-producer with Endemol. The series becomes one of a rare batch of shows that AMC has canceled after only one season that includes Rubicon.
The decision to cancel the series comes after AMC recently picked up Hell on Wheels for a fourth expanded season after the series averaged 2.18 million viewers and helped anchor a night of Westerns on Saturdays.
For its part, AMC this week also greenlit drama pilots Knifeman and Galyntine -- both of which are owned outright by AMC Studios -- to join Line of Sight as the cabler looks to replenish its roster of original scripted programming. Low Winter Sun joins The Killing as having been recently dropped from AMC. (The latter series was picked up for an abbreviated final run on Netflix, though AMC is no longer involved with the show.)
Heading into 2014, AMC will bow two new series -- Halt & Catch Fire and Turn as well as The Walking Dead's previously announced fifth season and the first half of Mad Men's swan song. The network also is developing a Breaking Bad prequel series called Better Call Saul and a Walking Dead companion show.