A&E Pulls ‘Those Who Kill,’ Moves ‘Bates Motel’ to 10 p.m. (Exclusive)

A&E is pulling Chloe Sevigny drama Those Who Kill from the schedule.

The freshman detective drama based on the Danish format and inspired by Elsebeth Egholm's books will be pulled from the schedule effective immediately, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. A&E will move sophomore drama Bates Motel back an hour, to the 10 p.m. slot, to replace Those Who Kill. A new time slot for the latterĀ is to be determined later this week, as the network likes the show and has faith that it can find an audience. A Bates Motel repeat will air at 9 p.m. and lead into a new episode of the Psycho prequel.

Paired with the second season of the network's critical darling Bates Motel, Those Who Kill opened March 4 to a lackluster 1.4 million viewers. That's almost half of the 3.07 million viewers who turned in an hour earlier for the debut of Bates Motel's second season. Kill notched a 0.5 in the key adults 18-49 demographic -- nearly a third of Bates' 1.6 million. Kill shed almost half its premiere viewers with Monday's second airing, drawing 830,000 total viewers and a 0.3 in the demo.

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From Imagine Television and Fox 21, the crime procedural received a solid marketing campaign from A&E and a vote of confidence when it was paired with Bates. The series opened to mixed reviews.

The series marked the latest original scripted drama at A&E, joining Longmire. On the pilot side, the network only has comedy Whitey in the works.

The decision to yank Those Who Kill from its schedule comes seven months after A&E canceled The Glades, its first and longest-running original scripted drama after four seasons. Worth noting: The Glades' Aug. 26 series finale delivered a season-best 3.4 million total viewers and 1.1 million among adults 18-49. Producer Fox Television Studios briefly tried to shop The Glades elsewhere, including to Ion; that fizzled, and the cast was released from their contracts and booked other projects.

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