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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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Vee K August 30, 2014 at 7:21 am

Why? I love this show. Please bring it back for season 4 and possibly more.


Tracy August 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm

I’m devastated!!! I just finished the 3 seasons on Netflix and found out that there will be no Season 4…EVER! Just when Cal was going to open up to Jillian…I’m so mad! Please, Please bring this’s a smart show and I loved trying to figure it out before the end.


Georganne Williams August 26, 2014 at 10:32 pm

YOU GUYS ARE NUTS. Why don’t you look at the 45-70 year old market. We like smart series with great actors. Check Netflix and On Demand and Apple TV before you declare something DEAD.


LEX August 26, 2014 at 10:19 pm

I love this series and still re-wacthing it right now
3 times all seaons

Im sad it doesnt have more season than 3
I like this more than even big bang theory or other series

One reason is simple to understand, I learn ….
Learn a bit of reading people to lie – damm funny when they try to confront there lie after that haha.

Yea sure Big Bang is funny and other series too. But Lie to me you either learn to lie real good and deceive or read people doing it which is more fun


Steve August 26, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Fox needs go look at the ratings for “Lie To Me” NOW…… a solid 8 on IMDB.

Another season would go nuts, IMHO.



lefteris moraitis August 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm

One of the best series ever played!!! Please do something and bring another season!! I ve seen it a million times and still watching it!!! We want Call lightman!!!


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