A rep for AMC confirmed, “We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of ‘The Killing.’ We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched.”
“The Killing” was cancelled by AMC last summer but, thanks to a cost-effective deal between the network, Netflix and Fox TV Studios, AMC ordered a 12-episode third season of the drama in January, and rolled out the new segs in June.
“The Killing’s” return to AMC this summer, however, did not see a ratings lift, and the drama drew fewer viewers in its season three run than it did in season two. Season three of “The Killing” failed to crack the 2 million viewer mark in live broadcasts, and routinely fell below 1.5 million total viewers in recent episodes.
Fox TV Studios said in a statement: “We are extremely proud of all three seasons of ‘The Killing.’ We’re especially gratified to have orchestrated a unique deal with AMC for season three that included a bold partnership with Netflix. While we would have loved to produce a fourth season for AMC, FTVS is immensely grateful to everyone involved with this moving series: our brilliant cast, led by Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman and season three’s Peter Sarsgaard, our stellar executive producer, Veena Sud, a remarkable writing and producing team, and a tireless, dedicated crew. Most of all, FTVS thanks the terrific fans of ‘The Killing,’ who communicated their appreciation for the show throughout its run.