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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  1. lucia reyes says

    I think that the series was cancelled due to Tim Roth’s lack of charisma and personal appeal. In Other words, he´s not a nice person to look at.

    • Ally says

      I actually highly disagree. Similar to Hugh Laurie in House, everyone I know finds the condescending, grizzly know-it-all who occasionally shows his soft side VERY attractive to both look at and listen to. Again, PLEASE BRING THE SHOW AND TIM ROTH BACK!!

  2. Paul says

    Fox has done it again. Some of the most intelligent TV and its’ cancelled, the programme must have an advertisers market, the viewers I know who watch are selective and thoughtful.

  3. Rob waard says

    Deffinitly yes. Tim roth is brilliant hands. Down. I wa. Devastated. When i found out it was. Canceled great show. Great. Cast!

  4. Arxaios says

    Lie to Me -> Dr. Cal Lightman – Tim Roth is one of the best performers ever… To good for FOX i guess.
    LIE TO ME season 4 absolutely back & running now…!!!

  5. Nina says


    if you wont all perople hwom I know will die crying. Please it’s the best I’ve ever seen

  6. Darrell says

    This is one of the best showes I have seen. I did not get to watch this show on fox as my schedule does not let me watch a lot of TV on week days but seeing this on netflix has me yearning for more.

  7. Dawn says

    Omg just discovered there’s no season 4… Gutted doesn’t describe it!! Please bring it back at least so viewers can find out it lightman & foster finally get together or not? Or even Eli & torez? Ahhhh… Can’t be finished not yet… Come on fox step up!!

  8. Becky McIntosh says

    Please bring it back. I recently retired and bought into Netflix and found Lie to Me…… I am almost caught up with it. I just found out out you are not bringing it back. Guess I’ll go back to work. Best show I ever saw. Fox, what is wrong with you…..wy don’t you just ask the viewers??????

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