A&E has cancelled Longmire after airing three seasons of the Wyoming set cop drama.
Longmire follows Walt Longmire, the Sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Longmire is a widower who, following his wife’s death, lost interest in his job as Sheriff. But with the help of one of his deputies he re-commits to his job and decides to run for re-election, only to find that one of his own men is running against him
The Warner Horizon Television produced drama stars Robert Taylor (The Matrix), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Lou Diamond Phillips (Stargate: Universe), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and newcomer Adam Bartley. Longmire was based on the series of novels by Craig Johnson and developed for television by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin.
The series, which wrapped its most recent run season on August 4th, has suffered a slight ratings decline this season. The show’s third season averaged 3.7 million total viewers in live+same day, down from the live+same day average audience of 4.4 million total viewers for the show’s second season.
“We would like to thank the phenomenal cast, crew and producers of Longmire, along with our partners at Warner Horizon, for their tireless work on three seasons of quality dramatic storytelling”, a representative of A&E said in a statement confirming the cancellation. “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together”.
A&E’s decision to cancel the series is something of a surprise, especially given that is the highest rated scripted series in the history of the network and enjoys significantly higher ratings than the already renewed Bates Motel. Series producer Warner Horizon Television has announced plans to shop the drama, which boasts a strong cast and decent ratings, to other networks.
The cancellation of Longmire, which has been A&E’s flagship series for the past three years, comes at a vital time for the network. A&E’s only successful returning drama at present is Bates Motel and their most recent new scripted drama, Those Who Kill, fell flat, lasting only one season after being shunted to sister network LMN due to low ratings. That said, the network is currently producing a US version of French drama The Returned.