A&E Network said it will not be bringing scripted drama Longmire back for a fourth season, and fans' recent calls for a renewal have turned to pleas for some other TV outlet to adopt the orphaned Western drama.
The show, based on novels by Craig Johnson about a Wyoming sheriff whose territory abuts a Native American reservation, had suffered declining ratings in its third season. Fans recently had been actively campaigning on social media for a renewal. Series regular Cassidy Freeman tweeted yesterday that she was "incredibly touched by all the fan support for #renewlongmire." But an A&E spokesman confirmed an earlier TVline.com report that the show will not be coming back for another 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," the network said in a statement. "We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.”
Warner Horizon Television could now try to find it another home, but the ratings decline could make that task harder.
That hasn't stopped fans and cast members for hoping aloud. "Bad news, friends. Hopefully we have a new home soon! #Longmireseason4 good luck @AETV," tweeted Adam Bartley (@Adam_Bartley), who plays deputy The Ferg on the show.
Bartley's aunt, Pam Nordick, who tweets as @LongmirePosse, urged fans to "Keep positive a more deserving network will pick it up!"
Dateline NBC correspondent Josh Mankiewicz tweeted, "Someone else please pick this up" with a picture of star Robert Taylor in character as Sheriff Walt Longmire.
It’s A&E’s top drama series for total viewers (Bates Motel beats it in the 18-49 demographic), averaging 3.5 million viewers in live plus same day viewing this season. Longmire's audience rises substantially – to 5.7 million viewers – when DVR views get added in over seven days. But the numbers are down significantly from the prior season. The season-three finale on Aug. 4 had 3.7 million live plus same day viewers, down from 4.7 million for season two’s cliffhanging season ender.
Longmire's third season also ended on a cliffhanging note with the sound of a shot being fired on a skeet range where two characters were arguing. But A&E canceled detective drama The Glades a year ago after its fourth season ended with a scene of the main character possibly dead after being shot. Jason the TVaholic alluded to that in tweeting: "I would like to thank @AETV for at least not leaving Walt bleeding out on the floor before canceling #Longmire."
Longmire also stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase and A Martinez. It is filmed in Santa Fe, N.M.