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Lie to Me: Is Tonight the Show’s Season or Series Finale?

Lie to MeThis evening, FOX is airing the final episode of Lie to Me’s third season. Will the series be back for a fourth season or will it be cancelled? The answer may have a lot to do with how well the show performs tonight.

Last season, Lie to Me averaged a 2.9 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic and 8.03 million total viewers. This season has been a different story. The series hasn’t been performing nearly as well and FOX declined to give the series an order for the back nine, leaving the season at 13 installments. That’s often a sign that the network has given up on a series and will just use up what they have left.

So far this season, Lie to Me ranks near the bottom on the list of FOX’s scripted shows, averaged a 1.9 rating in the demo and 5.75 million viewers. On January 10th, a pair of episodes averaged a 1.6 in the demo and 5.46 million viewers. Based on those numbers you could be pretty sure that the show’s fate was sealed.

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But then, the next week, Lie to Me registered a 20% gain in the demo. Last week, it saw an astounding 39% gain — moving up to a 2.5 rating and 7.67 million viewers. That represents a season high for the drama. If the series can sustain that rating tonight, it could be encouraging enough for FOX execs to greenlight a fourth season.

Despite the low ratings, the producers certainly don’t feel like the network has given up on Lie to Me. In a recent interview, 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 supportCary also indicated that tonight’s finale goes to the heart of Lightman and Foster and their strong emotional bond. He noted, “We’re very happy with it. We think it will make the fans only more hungry for a season four.”

What do you think? Will Lie to Me be back for season four or will it be cancelled? Will you be satisfied if this is the end?


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Marilyn August 11, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I have watched all 48 episodes at least 3 times. I never new about this show until NETFLIX. Why is it that all the shows that I watch have been cancelled. Who wants to watch all these shows where dead people are eating dead people (it seems that blood and gore, sex and brutality is what this society wants) doesn’t say much for our society.


Cindy Ussery August 10, 2014 at 5:09 am

Please dont cancel the show bring season four on


Sian Scott July 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Lie to me was so original. The cast was brilliant. Loved the writing. Watched it all on Netflix. The final episode definitely wasn’t a finale! Don’t have any idea why it would be stopped. PLEASE bring it back!


Anonymous February 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

I wish they kept the showing running I love this show !!!!!


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Patrish March 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

Love this show!


Dan July 18, 2013 at 10:21 am

I NEVER even heard of this show until I started using Netflix and came to love the show. I viewed them all in about 5 weeks or so. Great characters — so good, I think they carried the occasional episode with a so-so plot. I just watched the last episode last night and it left me wanting more. I would have liked to see a cable network pick up the show and promote it.


Kurt March 5, 2013 at 1:22 am

My wife and I loved this show. We wish they would bring it back!


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Glad October 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm

It’s an awesome show I give it 2 thumbs up 3 if I had extra its BRILLIANT!


shay October 18, 2012 at 7:08 am

Get better promotion for the show….bring it back !!!!!


shay October 18, 2012 at 7:02 am

Please bring the show back its brilliant, it should have never been cancelled in the first place….


facilitatorkim63 July 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I’m addicted. I watch Lie to Me on Netflix and have fallen for the series and can’t wait for it’s return to season 4….I will even watch it on Fox….Cal is brilliant along with his colleagues….My vote is for it to move forward…..


Joann June 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

i love this series, please bring a 4th season.


Desiree June 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Lie to me is such a awesome show I would love to see more of the show on Tv. It really amazing and to see what he can take on next and see if he ever gets the courage to ask Gillian out and if they fall in love. The show ened on a such a sad note I would love to see the show make a come back and it was on at a bad time it was on later in the evening it would got more rating. there are to many things on at eight.


Desiree June 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Lie to me is such a awesome I watch all


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