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ABC’s double shot of Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy along with the Season 2 finale of its 10 PM drama A Million Little Things helped the network take both the demo and viewership top spots Thursday in primetime. The night also saw the season enders of Fox’s midseason duo Outmatched and Deputy.
Station 19 drew a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and a night-leading 7.29 million viewers, which led into Grey’s 1.3, 6.51M, which was tops in the demo. The former was down a tenth while the latter was off two tenths from a week ago.
A Million Little Things 0.7, 4.34M, which ended its second season with a cliffhanger, was even compared with last week. Also steady with their penultimate episodes a week ago were the season finales of Fox’s comedy Outmatched 0.6, 2.63M and drama Deputy 0.6, 3.91M, which both had premiered in midseason. Last Man Standing 0.8, 4.49M led off for Fox last night and also was even.
NBC’s comedy block led off with Superstore 0.9, 3.94M, which maintained its big demo gain from a week ago, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine 0.7, 2.34M, which was steady. Back to back episodes of Indebted at 9 PM 0.4, 1.63M and 9:30 PM 0.3, 1.50M both saw demo dips from last week. Law & Order: SVU 0.7, 3.76M returned from a monthlong break and rose a tenth.
CBS aired repeats. The CW’s Katy Keene 0.1, 550,000 and Legacies 0.2, 630K were even.
When “Killing Eve” began, its title’s threat, promise, or intimation however you want to read it felt immediate — as if in any episode, at any moment, intelligence officer Eve Polastri Sandra Oh could fall prey to the inventive assassin Villanelle Jodie Comer. But such immediacy inevitably mitigated; success demanded extending their story, and the plot twisted itself into knots so the cat and mouse could work together and two award-winning stars could share the screen. A forbidden romance became a dysfunctional relationship, and the enticement of inexplicable attraction turned into a confounding inability to explain why this cop and this killer are drawn to one another.
Season 3 wisely stops trying to explain it, but it also simplifies the story to an all-too-comfortable degree. “Killing Eve” has always been a procedural at heart, first as Eve studied Villanelle’s murders to get closer to her, and then as they teamed up to track down a new, unknown killer. As much as its serialized aspects made the BBC America drama out to be a new kind of crime show, the bones of a procedural have kept it alive. Serialization got everything twisted up, and procedure is the work of detangling. What’s left may not provide the anything-can-happen rush of early episodes, but for those happy just to spend a little time with their favorite ex-agent and ultra-assassin, “Killing Eve” Season 3 should suffice. For those looking to be wowed week-in and week-out, well, it’s just not that kind of show anymore.
To say much of anything about the first five episodes would send us into spoiler territory, so here’s what can safely be said about where Season 3 stands. For one, Eve is alive. As if there was any doubt following the would-be Season 2 cliffhanger, the bullet that struck Oh’s lead detective passed through her body safely enough to keep her breathing. Now, the former MI5 and MI6 operative is tearing up chicken gizzards and pinching together dumplings in the back of a restaurant, hiding from her former life as much as her former love.
Villanelle Comer, meanwhile, is looking to be promoted. Her handler, Dasha played by new cast member Dame Harriet Walter, helps facilitate a management training period, but anyone should be able to imagine why a solo artist like Villanelle might struggle caring for others. Still, Season 3 is another Villanelle-forward entry. Perhaps new showrunner Suzanne Heathcote recognized the enticing complexity of a remorseless murderer, or simply how brightly Comer shined with the added spotlight last year. No matter the reason, Eve isn’t just kept in the back of the restaurant — she’s taken a backseat in the show. Villanelle even gets a standalone episode at the season’s midway point, right after Eve’s most substantial moment yet.