I took a few weeks off from posting this, but AMC pulled the plug on Rubicon and Syfy cancelled  Caprica in the interim.  On top of that ABC yanked The Whole Truth from the schedule in the interim, and Life Unexpected and Undercovers didn’t get back orders. Plus Terriers is still hurting heading into the last two episodes (and FX surely won’t take my advice), so I figured it was time for an update.

My original plan was to not include shows that are no longer on the air like Rubicon and Caprica, but I changed my mind.  Read the disclaimer below, and if you still don’t get that I’m not likely to over engineer this list, read it again.  This is surely a “there can be only one (or more likely, none)”  situation for DirecTV, so choose carefully before calling 1-888-777-2454.

DISCLAIMER: This list is for entertainment and discussion purposes only. Taking it seriously could be harmful to your mental health, or at least a sign that your mental health has already been harmed.

Here’s the new top 10:

Rank Show Current Network Last Rank
1 Rubicon AMC 1
2 Terriers FX 2
3 Caprica Syfy 5
4 Life Unexpected CW 3
5 Undercovers NBC 6
6 The Whole Truth ABC 4
7 The Good Guys Fox 10
8 Running Wilde Fox 8
9 Stargate Universe Syfy
10 Detroit 1-8-7 ABC 7

About this list:

A couple of years ago, DirecTV saved Friday Night Lights by acquiring the rights from NBC to air it first.  This summer DirecTV picked up the exclusive rights to Damages, saving it from the cancellation heap.  When that happened, the image that popped into my head was of fans of low-rated shows pleading, “help us, Obi Wan DirecTV, you’re our only hope.”

Only shows that are currently airing are eligible for this list.  This list isn’t entirely arbitrary as it’s limited only to shows with low-ratings.  Fan feedback received directly or via the comments on the site certainly factor into the rankings.  Outside of that, it’s definitely arbitrary.

Why not a Top 20?   Reasonably speaking the odds of DirectTV saving any show is very bad and again, this list is for entertainment and discussion purposes only.  The odds of DirecTV saving another show are very slim, the odds of them saving 10 shows from the list are zero.  So why bother with 20?  Besides, shows will get canceled, go off the air and be removed from the list and other shows will rise to the top 10.

One more time:  This list is for entertainment and discussion purposes only.    You can leave 1,000 comments in favor of your show and it’s not going to make a difference.  That’s not to say DirecTV might, perhaps, possibly maybe save your show, only that it won’t be as a result of anything that happens with this post.  If it simply makes you feel better to show your support for your favorite low-rated show, go for it!

Feel free to quibble with my selections.  As I noted, for purposes of this list, I *am* actually influenced somewhat by fan input.

Posted by:TV By The Numbers

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