'The Killing' ratings drop for season 2 premiere: Is lack of closure to blame?

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Did frustrated viewers get revenge on AMC’s The Killing? The acclaimed drama — with all its gloom and parkas and rain and mystery — returned Sunday night, but not all its fans came back to watch the show.

Breaking AMC’s ratings hot streak this past year, the two-hour debut averaged 1.8 million viewers. That’s down 33 percent from the show’s first season opener. If you include the show’s repeat, The Killing topped out at 2.5 million viewers for the night, down 47 percent from last year’s trio of premiere-night airings.

Some wondered if The Killing‘s ratings would drop for its second season after outraging fans with an unexpected cliffhanger ending last year that failed to solve the mystery of who killed teenage murder victim Rosie Larsen. The network then announced the mystery would not be solved until the end of season two. Still, last night’s premiere received positive reviews from critics.

Every other drama on AMC returned to higher ratings this past year. That includes Mad Men, which delivered its biggest numbers ever last week. On Sunday, Mad Men had 2.9 million viewers, down 17 percent from its premiere — that’s actually good, especially considering last week was a two-hour record-setting airing.

Ratings for HBO’s Game of Thrones will be released tomorrow.

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