James Minchin/A&E Networks
James Minchin/A&E Networks
James Minchin/A&E Networks
A&E Networks
A&E Networks

After just three seasons on the air, A&E has canceled “,” its highest rated original drama series of all time, reports Deadline‘s Nellie Andreeva.

Based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson, the series followed its central character, Walt Longmire (, “The Matrix”), the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. It co-starred “” alum (ex-Chris Hughes) as Branch Connally, a deputy with political aspirations.

“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&E said in a statement. “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.”

With an average of 4.6 million viewers tuning in during its third season, down from the 6 million it averaged in season one, Warner Horizon plans to shop the series elsewhere.

The series also starred (“Numb3rs”), (“Battlestar Gallactica”), (“Smallville”) and (“Criminal Minds”).

  • Krakr Jorgensson

    So, it must be the Fox business model. Successful, high quality show gets cancelled.

    • Abner4President

      No matter how hard fans want to cry about shows like Firefly and Dollhouse years after the fact, much much much more often than not, Fox tends to cancel shows that are not financial successes for them. It’s a business. If “quality” doesn’t bring them money, the shows are going to get s***canned. Or do you propose networks hold on to shows that lose them money until the networks are forced to go off the air or simply can’t afford to produce the “quality” programming any more anyway?

      • Daffodil

        Stuff it Abner4President.

  • Sarah Kennedy

    Absolutely sucks!! First the Glades now Longmire! 4 what more crap reality series?

  • dso1

    This is a travesty. Send AE a message at: feedbackaetv@aenetworks.com

  • Frolic

    I CANNOT BELIEVE IT! First goes VEGAS and now LONGMIRE!!! What is wrong with you people????? A&E You need your head examined! Big Mistake!!

  • GP

    This is how networks lose viewers. We follow shows, not networks. Remember that, executives. I’ll be looking for the new home of “Longmire!”

  • J. Shah

    The most boring show gets cancelled? It was only 2 seasons overdue….not hating…fell asleep every time I watched this show. My wife said the actor branch was the hottest guy shes ever seen – guess that’s what made the world turn…for a while….