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.

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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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  1. al diovanni says

    i just finished watching all 3 seasons. this show is incredible and makes me feel great. please make season 4 ASAP ! thanks.

  2. Simon Blanco says

    I loved this series, but to be honest the first season was amazing. Then the second and the 3er one wasnt bad but in my opinion they stop worrying about psychology issues and more Forensic , i believe that thats was the main reason, season 1 was good because it was difference, but then they start doing to much CSI episodes and people dont watched lie to me because of that.

    Shame that ended so bad.. but im thanksfulll because in my case helped me realized hoe much o love studying human behavior.

  3. Julie Pullum says

    such an excellent series I have just finished series 3 such a huge shame it’s been cancelled! I’m hooked and now the show is no more, come on Fox give it another go!

  4. Anonymous says

    seriously they should release the 4th season! as a psychology student, it just helps me a lot to see that the psychology world is so much interesting. and also for the non-psyhology student, they can see that psychologist CANNOT read mind but behavior.

  5. Dawn says

    I was hooked! Lie to me was an awesome show! I became very upset when it was canceled. Im still upset lol. I saw its on netflix and watched it all again. And Im more mad now than I was then! I REALLY HOPED another network would pick it up. Im still HOPING they will bring it back lol.

  6. Eric S says

    Very disappointed with the way Fox treated this show as well as a few others. Was a great show that I was hooked on from the beginning. Every time I told a person about the show they said they had never heard of it. Once they watched an episode or two they were hooked too. I always hoped another network would pick up the show and see it’s true potential.

  7. Hayley Allsop says

    I didn’t hear about the show until my partner suggested watching an episode. I loved it from their on.
    I don’t think the show was publicised well enough to gain viewers.
    This show is inspiring and has had my attention for a couple of days watching all the episodes.

    I think the show at least needs a better conclusion, I was hooked on the relationship between cal and Gillian. Disappointed with the ending.

  8. elisha buckingham says

    I didn’t really hear about it til this year, I went through all three series on Netflix!! and I searched for season 4 release date to find the show had been canceled!? bulloks get crew great show mates

  9. alina says

    First herd of the serial a few weeks ago and i have been watching online and i seriosly whant to see more. It is a good movie with good actors…hope they will film more 😉

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