The American version of hit Danish crime thriller The Killing has been cancelled for a second time.

The drama, starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, was first axed in 2012 but was brought back to life after network bosses struck a deal with online streaming site Netflix.

However, The Killing has now been cancelled again due to falling viewer figures.

A statement from Fox Television studios confirms Tv bosses will not be moving forward with a fourth season: "Fox Television Studios is extremely proud of all three seasons of The Killing... (We are) immensely grateful to everyone involved with this moving series: our brilliant cast, led by Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman and season three's Peter Sarsgaard, our stellar executive producer, Veena Sud, a remarkable writing and producing team, and a tireless, dedicated crew. Most of all, (we thank) the terrific fans of The Killing, who communicated their appreciation for the show throughout its run."

The Danish original starring Sofie Grabol became a huge international hit and ran for three seasons.