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AMC Axes 'The Killing'

AMC announced Friday that it will not renew its sophomore drama series The Killing  for a third season.

The series, which followed the police investigation into the death of a young woman, suffered a precipitous drop in ratings during its second season, averaging 1.6 million viewers after pulling in 2.2 million watchers in its freshman season.

The network took criticism from viewers and critics after the first season when the show did not reveal the killer. The identity of the killer was eventually revealed during the series' second campaign.

"After much deliberation, we've come to the difficult decision not to renew The Killing for a third season," said the network in a statement. "AMC is incredibly proud of the show and is fortunate to have worked with such a talented team on this project, from showrunner Veena Sud and our terrific partners at Fox Television Studios to the talented, dedicated crew and exceptional cast."