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Killing Fields gets double the episodes, but will also take a break

Retired detective Rhodes Sanchez and detective Aubrey St. Angelo in the Discovery Channel's true-crime docuseries Killing Fields. (Photo by Discovery Channel)

The seasons finale of Discovery’s true-crime reality series Killing Fields was set to conclude its season next Tuesday after just six episodes. But its popularity—and, presumably, the open-ended nature of following a cold case murder investigation in real time—has led the Discovery Channel to double the number of episodes.

While six new episodes have been ordered, the show will still break after next Tuesday’s episode, which may be some kind of cliffhanger.

The return date, I’ve learned, has not yet been determined.

Discovery’s press release said the show had “a strong debut and continues to grow week to week across key measures,” and “has cemented Discovery as the #1 unscripted general entertainment cable net in the 10 PM hour across key demos with last week’s episode setting new ratings highs among both men and women.”

The show debuted with 1.37 million viewers that first night, and a .4 rating in 18 to 49. Last week’s episode had 1.54 million viewers and a .4 and landed in the top 25 of cable shows. For comparison, the most highly-rated original cable series of the night, History’s The Curse of Oak Island, had 3.17 million viewers and a .9.