Even though we’re less than two months away from upfronts, we’re still waiting to learn the news one way or another about Lethal Weapon season 3.
Is this a renewal that we want to see happen? Absolutely, especially since this season has really come into its own even more and established the show as a franchise that is something more than just the movies that it’s based on. You’ve got some fantastic action sequences and, beyond that, really interesting character drama and a little bit of humor. Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans bring exactly what you’d want to Riggs and Murtaugh. Unfortunately, the ball is in Fox’s court to determine whether or not to make more of the series happen … but we do think that we’ve got a few humble things that we hope they consider while they are pondering this over.
1. Ratings – To date, the Fox series is averaging a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic to go along with just over 4.2 million viewers per episode (live+same-day ratings). While these aren’t enormous numbers necessarily, one of the things Fox should be looking for is timeslot improvement and they’re getting that. Lethal Weapon is performing better in the demo than the combination of New Girl / Brooklyn Nine-Nine from last year and, to go along with that further, it is also doubling them on average in total viewers. It’s made Tuesday nights significantly stronger as a whole.
2. International popularity – Lethal Weapon is a franchise known all over the world. With that in mind, Fox has a series here that they can actually support and market for many more years to come. Isn’t that exciting? We like to think so, especially since these markets represent an additional source of revenue for the series. It shows better after the fact and all around the world than the majority of the shows out there.
3. The story – It almost goes without saying that there is so much more Lethal Weapon can do but it’s true. There are many more crazy situations that Riggs and Murtaugh can be a part of and, beyond that, there are opportunities for great guest stars featuring familiar faces from the movie franchise. We know that, at least for us, it would be pretty wonderful to see more of Thomas Lennon as Leo Getz in season 3. We do think that there’s even more room to round out this cast.
Fox has until mid-May most likely to make their decision, unless for some reason they want to make some sort of last-second switch after the fact. Regardless of what happens, at least we do still have many more episodes of the series to come this season — you can check out the latest one below!
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