Sunday night’s third season finale of The Killing was up on last year’s Rosie Larsen wrap-up.
Last night’s two-hour finale of the serialized crime drama scored a 1.2 household rating, up 9% from the 1.1 rating that the drama’s Season 2 ender on June 17, 2012 received.
It is also up from the 1.4 million viewers the show attracted for its second season finale. On the whole, Season 3 delivered a steady average of 1.5 million viewers, roughly on par with last season’s average.
Last night’s numbers are, however, down from the 1.8 million viewers and 1.4 rating that The Killing’s Season 3 premiere garnered on June 2. Last night’s episode also dipped from the 2.7 million who tuned in for the series’ first episode on April 3, 2011, which continues to be the show’s record viewership high.
While not pitch-perfect, the two-part Season 3 finale resolved the season-long serial killer mystery as promised, revealing whodunit in the gradual unspooling of a genuinely tense and at times gripping season, leaving many fans eager for a continuation.
There’s still no word from AMC on that possible Season 4, which, if it did happen, would likely focus on a new serialized case while drawing from the emotional arc of the events just past – as was largely the case with Season 3, one or two plot carry-overs aside.
We’ll keep you updated on the future of The Killing.