'The Killing' Cancelled By AMC, Will Not Return For Season 4

"The Killing" has been cancelled again. Deadline first broke the news that AMC has pulled the plug on the mystery series following the conclusion of Season 3, which was well-received by critics but only drew 1.5 million viewers for its most recent finale -- a far cry from the 2.7 million that watched the show when it first premiered.

“We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with a fourth season of 'The Killing,'” AMC said in a statement. “We want to thank our great partners at Fox Television Studios, creator Veena Sud, an extraordinary cast and the dedicated fans who watched.”

“Fox Television Studios is extremely proud of all three seasons of 'The Killing,'” the production studio added in a statement obtained by Deadline. “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.”

There may still be hope for another resurrection, as Netflix reportedly expressed interest in exclusively airing "The Killing" after AMC axed it following Season 2, as did DirecTV. But don't get your hopes up just yet -- the show's ratings decline won't make it a particularly appealing investment for other networks, especially after failing to reverse its fortunes after its second chance.

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