'The Killing' Returns on Par With 1.8 Million Viewers

AMC drama improves 21% from season two finale

AMC's The Killing -- which was canceled last year and
then revived for a third season -- returned to 1.8 million total viewers in its
premiere Sunday at 8 p.m., on par with its second season debut.

Compared to the drama's second
season finale last June,
Sunday's two-hour episode grew 21%, according to
Nielsen data.

The Killing was brought back to life by Fox Television
Studios after it struck
a deal with Netflix,
which makes the third season available to subscribers
just 90 days after airing on AMC. The third season will feature a new
self-contained story line to be resolved at the conclusion of the 12-episode
order, with stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman returning and the addition of
Peter Sarsgaard.