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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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Gregory brown July 29, 2014 at 1:33 am

Paul Ekman, cal lightman, and Tim Roth all are great lol . I learn a lot from them . Bring the show back . Fox .. Stop acting like bitxhes . U KNOW people love that show . I’m high watching it now . .. U know we learn from this .. That’s y y’all took it off the air . Every body watches this show . Put it back on before I show up in front of fox wit a tracktor trailer and demanding the show to be aired .. With explosives lol .. Jk .. But seriously .. Put it back on season 3 is boring . :D


Paula July 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I’m watching it now and I can’t believe that it was cancelled. Tim Roth is such a great actor, I love him, his work is excellent! I already miss the show.


Dawn K July 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

This show is/was amazing! Found it on Netflix – brokenhearted there were only three seasons!


Sands July 27, 2014 at 1:02 am

It’s a darn good show, it should definitely be renewed!


gene July 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm

dammmm good show,, bring the f–k back


Graham Haring July 23, 2014 at 9:06 am

They would’ve never canceled this show if they had seen the netflix following. I love this show, so does anyone who’s seen it. Bring it back!!


Sam July 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

How the hell can this show get cancelled and days of our lives still go?!??!? Don’t take dr. Foster and dr. Light man away from me, what will I do with my time


Marie July 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Just started watching this show via Netflix a few weeks ago and I am so bummed that it was cancelled after only 3 seasons. I love it!


Holly July 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I miss this show… I need to see if Cal & Foster get together! LOL


Samantha July 14, 2014 at 1:42 am

I miss this show terribly!it truly made you THINK. I hope someday,SOON,it will be tried again or on another channel. The series was excellent. If it wasn’t so popular then why charge so much? I can get “Charmed&Smallville” for cheaper&they were popular shows. I’ll keep praying&hoping. You do the same&maybe just maybe our wish will come true.


Brian July 14, 2014 at 12:22 am

Bring it back! Great show.


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