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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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Ginger July 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Please don’t cancel Lie to Me! I have Dish Network and can’t even get FOX but i make an appoint to watch it on the internet every week. I was looking to find out when it starts and now I ran into this. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t cancel this!!


Richard July 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

This show was in my top 5.It is apparent that the majority of the viewing public prefer mindless dribble, (reality shows), as oppose to quality shows that educate as well as entertain.I will especially miss Monica Raymond.


Sarah July 3, 2011 at 10:04 am

Im so upset that the show got canceled after only 3 seasons, it was a great show


Liz June 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Are you Kidding me, I swear anymore you idiots have no idea what people like. This is one of the best show on TV and your going to cancel it. I was going to get Fox on my dish so I could watch this show. If it not on anymore you just saved me money as I will not be getting Fox.


Sabrina Whalen June 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Lie to ME is a great show just because some people do not watch do not mean the show is not good. I have been going to school on line and could only watch om line when I was not in class . Sad to see such a great show end. I hope it returns on another channel.


Kourtney June 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm

This show was awesome!!!! You should cancel glee or Chicago code or the other shows…it’s always the good ones that get cancelled!!! What about justice? That was a good one too!!!


Eric June 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

All I have to say is that this show is amazing, breathtaking, heartfelt and very educational.. Seems to me that every well put together show gets the boot and all the shows with no meaning or educational background live to see years on end. Plssssss keep this show afloat or pls hand to a network who will believe in it, unlike “FOX”


Emily June 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm

NO!!!! They can not cancel the show! Esp after confessing (to his daughter none the less, but still confessing) his love for Gillian! Not just the but the story lines are completely engolfing and draw me in… People just don’t see the potentional of they show becasue they are probably basing it off of seeing one episode they may have not liked… Or just completely bias and bassing it off of promo’s! But what about us dedicated veiwers!


anahkb June 4, 2011 at 1:50 am

i love this serie. they can’t close it!


Adam Decker May 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

Another network might pick it up if they have faith in it. Maybe ABC could put it with Castle or CBS could put it with The Mentalist.


Anonymous May 23, 2011 at 2:34 am

Love this show!There are a few intelligent and interesting shows on television and it seems that they are the ones that get low ratings and most of the time they end up getting canceled.Too bad…


Tarra May 13, 2011 at 1:24 am

I love Lie to me- I think that too many times the most unique and interesting shows end up being taken off before there time.


Leslie May 8, 2011 at 7:45 am

Love this show! Love this show! Love this show!


Christie May 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm

My husband and I LOVE Lie to Me. It is one of the few intelligent shows. We both are master degreed professionals and crave intelligent programming. Thumbs up for Lie to Me!


Anna April 26, 2011 at 7:13 am

Please do not cancell Lie to Me… we love this show, and would be ashame to cancel it.


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