AMC’s ‘The Killing’: What’s happening with the season 2 ratings?

The numbers are down again.

When “The Killing” first premiered on AMC earlier this season, there was a rather worthwhile question being asked — can this series regain some of the momentum it supposedly lost following its controversial finale? At first, it seemed to weather the storm all right — posting a number (in a 0.5 in the 18-49 demographic along with over 1.8 million viewers) that was decent, even if it was far below some of the network’s other series.

Now, that number has descended even lower. When you compare the ratings from the May 6 episode to the numbers from the premiere, “Killing” has lost 40% of its demo audience (as it is down to a 0.3) and also is down almost 500,000 viewers. You could blame some of this on the competition (the NBA playoffs, “Game of Thrones,” and the penultimate “Desperate Housewives” were all on), but advertisers also do not care about competition.

One possible explanation for the drop here is that viewers wanted to give the show another chance, but tuned out after the Rosie Larsen mystery went nowhere for a few weeks. There is some significant progress being made now (and it actually is rather exciting) — but will any of these people come back? At this rate, “The Killing” is likely to find itself as a victim of an ax later this season by AMC.

Do you think the drop in numbers all but guarantees that this will be the show’s last season? Just for the sake of comparison, “Game of Thrones” won Sunday night when it comes to scripted cable by drawing 3.8 million viewers along with a 2.0 rating.

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