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.”