‘The Killing’ Season 2 Premiere Falters

Season two bow of AMC drama “The Killing” drops considerably from series premiere

"The Killing" must have felt a little bit wounded Monday morning.

AMC's drama had its second season premiere Sunday night, and it appears that the series has dropped a number of viewers compared to its first season premiere.

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The initial airing of Sunday's two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. drew 1.8 million total viewers — a good sight short of the 2.7 million total viewers who tuned in for its series premiere last April.

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With an 11 p.m. encore factored in, the premiere took in 2.5 million total viewers — just short of the amount that tuned in for last season's premiere initial airing.

Granted, the season one premiere of "The Killing" was AMC's second most-viewed premiere for an original series in its history, behind "The Walking Dead," which averaged 5.3 million total viewers on Halloween 2010.

Sunday's "The Killing" premiere drew a household rating of 1.4 with its initial airing, and a 2.0 for the two airings.

Among the key 25-54 demo, "The Killing" drew 857,000 viewers with the 8 p.m. airing and 1.2 million overall for the night — off just slightly from its first season average.

Last June's season finale of "The Killing" drew 2.3 million total viewers, with a 1.8 household share.