Lifetime has cancelled Devious Maids after four seasons and a cliffhanger. Per Deadline, the cable network has opted not to renew the soapy drama for Season 5:
Lifetime has opted not to renew Devious Maids for a fifth season. The decision comes a couple of weeks after the series ended its Season 4 run on the network.
Devious Maids, developed by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry based on a telenovela format, migrated to Lifetime after being developed and piloted at ABC. It got off to a strong start, with its freshman season peaking at 3 million Live+same day viewers for the season finale. The ratings have slipped in each consecutive season, with the most recent fourth season averaging 0.923 million viewers (L+SD), but the show has been consistent, with virtually no drop-off throughout Season 4. Its average still was twice the viewership of Lifetime’s other original scripted series, the critically praised UnReal.
The cancellation of Devious comes despite the producers’ optimism for a fifth season, making the capture all sweeter for the cancellation reaper.