'Those Who Kill' premiere: Disappointing ratings

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 08:31 PM Written by 

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[UPDATED BELOW] A&E's filmed-in-Pittsburgh drama series "Those Who Kill" debuted last night, although it had been available to view online for a while prior to last night's linear premiere.

I weighed in with my review in Sunday's PG. Other reviewers have also weighed in, mostly panning the show. Now it's your turn.

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Were you confused about the opening scene with Jensen stalking her step-father or had you read enough about the show that it made sense? (I'm still convinced that if viewers didn't know about her theories on her dad that the opening scene would make little sense.)

I'll add ratings to this post if/when they become available later on Tuesday.

The ratings are in and it's not pretty. The series premiere of "Those Who Kill" drew 1.4 million viewers, a far cry from the premieres of A&E's "Bates Motel" (3 million viewers) last year or "Longmire" in 2012 (4.1 million viewers).

"Bates Motel" returned for its second season last night with 3 million viewers again, so "Those Who Kill" lost more than half of the viewers from its lead-in. Not good.

In demo ratings, the news was equally bad: "Bates" had a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49; "Those Who Kill" managed just a 0.5 rating. Ratings guru Joe Adalian nicknamed the show "That Which Flopped" on Twitter.

We'll have to wait and see how much that number improves when DVR ratings are factored in a few weeks from now before we can really weigh the odds of renewal or cancellation. The show did not benefit from the title recognition of "Bates Motel" or the often-reliable Western genre on cable, so A&E had to expect a somewhat lower number. The question is: Does 1.4 million beat that expectation or fall short?

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