AMC has canceled The Killing again, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
"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."
The Killing was first canceled in 2012 after two seasons, but was later resurrected when AMC and Fox Television Studios hatched a deal with Netflix. The Killing's first-season finale angered many critics and fans by not resolving the murder of Rosie Larsen. That mystery and several other remaining loose ends were tied up in June's Season 2 finale, with the third season delving into a new killer altogether. The third season ended in August with 1.5 million viewers tuning in, up from the 1.4 million who watched the Season 2 finale. However, its overall average for total viewers was slightly below that of Season 2 (1.53 million vs. 1.65 million).
Fox Television studios, which produces the show, also released a statement: "Fox Television Studios is extremely proud of all three seasons of The Killing. 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."
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