Cable Ratings: The Killing Premiere Takes a Hit, Shameless Ends Season 2 on a High Note

Maybe that backlash was much ado about something.

The Killing‘s second season premiere Sunday averaged 1.8 million viewers, down from the 2.3 million that tuned in for the controversial Season 1 finale last year.

An AMC insider notes, however, that when compared to last season’s average among the show’s core audience of adults 25-54, the episode was down a minimal .8 percent.

Elsewhere on the cable ratings front, Sunday’s Season 2 finale of Shameless garnered 1.45 million viewers at 9 p.m. and 2 million when counting in replays during the night, besting last year’s finale by 26 and 33 percent, respectively.

Ratings for Game of Thrones‘ Season 2 opener are expected on Tuesday.


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