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Lie to Me: FOX TV Show Cancelled, No Season Four

Lie to Me canceledSometimes the truth hurts — especially when it comes to television ratings. After three seasons, FOX has cancelled Lie to Me.

Starring Tim Roth, Lie to Me revolves around Cal Lightman and members of The Lightman Group. They’re a team of specialists who help law enforcement agencies uncover the truth by using applied psychology. Others in the cast include Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines, Monica Raymund, Hayley McFarland, and Mekhi Phifer.

Last season, Lie to Me averaged a 2.9 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic and 8.03 million total viewers. That was down from season one and the series found itself on the bubble for renewal. FOX ended up giving the TV series another chance and renewed it for 13 episodes.

Unfortunately, season three didn’t perform nearly as well as season two. It premiered last October to a 2.1 rating in the demo and 5.86 million. Viewership eroded in subsequent weeks and FOX declined to give the show a full season order. Lie to Me then hit a new series low in January, registering a meager 1.5 rating and 5.43 million viewers.

Should Lie to Me have been cancelled?

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In its final weeks on the air, viewers seemed to rally behind it and Lie to Me had its best ratings of the season — a 2.5 in the demo and 7.67 million.

Though the ratings had come way down, FOX execs claimed that they still valued the TV series and saw it as a solid utility player. Showrunner Alex Cary said, “Fox has been very clear with us — they know what the show is, they know what it can do. [The ratings bump] shows that people will come watch the show.”

TV show supportNow, after three seasons on the air, the series is over. FOX has officially cancelled Lie to Me after 48 episodes. All of the installments have aired. Though there are too few episodes for a traditional syndication package, the first two seasons have already been released on DVD.

What do you think? Should Lie to Me have been renewed for season four?


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Dominic sanchez January 25, 2015 at 2:44 pm

bring it back how can you end it like that great show


Alma January 24, 2015 at 4:51 pm

This is such an intelligent and fascinating show I had hoped it would go on for some time to come. What a shame yet another quality show bites the dust.


Justin powell January 24, 2015 at 12:37 am

Bring it back loved has very good meaning to it.this is far the best show that I have watched.


Lefteris Moraitis January 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Seriously? you had nearly 8 milion people watching this show and you canceled it because it went to 6 milion? Maybe you should find another reason than this ridiculous!! No question!! Bring it back!!!


Michael De Jesus January 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

I’d watched the entire season 1,2 and 3 over and over again, I can say that its really amazing to come up with that kind of concept. It helps me a lot, specially when it comes to my job, like interviewing applicants and personal awareness. Just sharing.

Please bring it back.


mc_kappa January 21, 2015 at 10:31 pm

It’s too unfortunate it went away.

It is really that type of TV series where you see “smart” things happening. Kind of Dr. House, Sherlock, The Big Bang Theory and the like. (i.e., where you are forced to think… at least a little bit)

On one hand one would think that there are not sufficient “smart” guys in the audience, but then why House and The Big Bang Theory have gone thru so many seasons?

It’s not really understandable.

However, It’ll be great if it comes back.


Taylor January 21, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Bring it back!!


Hannah Park January 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

You have to bring it back! It was an amazing show!!!! Please oh please! Do something with it!


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dana strzelecki January 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm

BRING IT BACK!!!!! The shows amazing and I’m so upset that there’s no more seasons, you can’t end it at that.


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