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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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Linda October 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm

you people ahev gone nutz!!! best show i have seen in a very long time, ya need to bring it BACK!!!


Pancho October 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Esta serie está de maravilla muy interesante con mucha intriga qué lástima que ya no habrá una cuarta temporada me gustaría mucho que decidirán rodarla de nuevo está súper esta serie.


Lazar October 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Well, all seasons are good, but one thing missed in third season. Explaining of micro expressions that flash on the face has drastically reduced. When some emotion flashes i would expect that i find out what emotion was that, and in many cases, they didn’t explain it at all.
So, when you don’t teach viewers, then this series become just another police investigation series.
I would like to see fourth season.


Susan Bigley October 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Love this show…please continue with it..



G. Metz October 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm

All you wankers that said “NO” about Lie to Me staying off the air probably watch the ridiculous shows on FOX that for some reason stay on the air. Like “New Girl”. Along with “24”, “Lie to Me” were 2 of the best shows that FOX ever had. Shame on you FOX and the c***s who voted NO!


Jim Hanson October 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I think it takes a certain IQ level to enjoy some shows, lie to me is one of them. Most people are probably more interested in shows like the simpsons…


Destiny (2014) October 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm

This show is freaking AMAZING!!! Please please please bring it back!!! I just started watching it this year and I got addicted from the beginning. I don’t usually get addicted to shows but this one just grabbed a hold of me and refused to let go! BRING IT BACK!!!!


leanne October 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I did not know of this program until finding on netflix! we have watched all three series twice!


Zurie October 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Renew this! Even if it’s only continued online or solely on Netflix, it was a great show. Friends recommended it to me at the beginning of the year [2014] and realizing it was dropped didn’t stop me from checking it out. Now I just want the rest of this, the concept and execution was really interesting and great. Definitely need more!


Gavin October 11, 2014 at 10:44 am

Bring it back!! Crackin little show that. I only stumbled across it on Netflix the other week, We need more!


Kaelen October 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Our family just finished season 3. I’d never even heard of it until we found it on Netflix. Fantastic show. Wish they would bring it back. Always seems that the best shows get cancelled.


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