Sometimes 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.
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.”
Now, 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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I have watch this on Dinsney+ and there is no END!!
There should be more seasons! It depressed me when it finished! read my face emotion expression in my emoji
I think Lie to Me should not have been
cancelled I was addicted to the series I think it
should have a season 4-5-6 and more. It was
interesting and knowledgeable in the field of
reading people both facial and body language
there seemed to be some truth in it. Please FOX
bring it back to life I wish it would have never
ended and so do a lot of people I’ve talked to
I Love this show!!! I’m glad Hulu is airing it. I know it has been 10 years, but would love to see this show pick up again.
Unfortunately, I noticed that when a show is smart and portrays intelligence, it is not well received by the viewership (Scorpion is another example). Would love to see the fourth season and make a comeback.