‘Killing’ slides in season-two bow

AMC drama draws 1.8 million in initial airing Sunday

AMC’s “The Killing” drew 1.8 million overall viewers for the initial airing of its two-hour, second-season premiere Sunday.

An additional 700,000 viewers watched an encore airing, making a total of 2.5 million for the night, according to Nielsen data. “The Killing” aired on a night that also featured the season premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the season finales of three Showtime series.

Among adults 25-54, the figures for “The Killing” on Sunday were 857,000 for the initial airing and 1.2 million for the night.

“The Killing” drew 2.7 million viewers for its series premiere a year ago. Viewership declined below 2 million starting with its sixth episode, before rebounding to 2.3 million for what came to be a controversial season finale June 19.

Following “Killing” from 8 to 10 p.m., “Mad Men” drew 2.9 million viewers overall, including 1.3 million adults 25-54 — down from last week’s record numbers for the show’s fifth-season premiere (3.5 million, 1.7 million in the 25-54 demo). Still, these are the second best ratings to date for the Emmy-winning drama.

“Killing” will regularly air at 9, followed by “Mad Men.”

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