June 3, 2013

THE SKED: “The Killing” Neither Kills Nor Dies In Its Return

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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With all the hubbub about its dramatic contortions, THE KILLING has been surprisingly stable in the ratings since midway through its first season (it’s down about 30% from its original debut), and last night’s Season 3 premiere was on par with most of its numbers since then, 1.8M total viewers and what should be a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demo.  That’s up in total viewers from its June 2012 Season 2 finale, but even that episode was at 0.5 in the demo as well.  Of course, we’ll find out next week if the show slumps after fans have taken a look at its retooled version (last year it fell as low as a 0.3 in the demo and 1.3M total viewers before recovering in the last few episodes of the season as fans returned for the long-delayed solution to the Rosie Larsen murder), and in 3 weeks how it fares without Mad Men sharing the night, but for now the series seems to be holding its own.



About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."