All ratings references below are Live+SD (live plus same day DVR viewing, up to 3am the morning after telecast).

Some shuffling in this week’s rankings with Rubicon rising to the top spot ahead of its first season finale.   My plan with this list was to limit it to only shows that are currently airing.  You shouldn’t expect to see Rubicon on this list for long after the finale, so I figured I’d send it off at the top of the list.  Whether it’s on the list or not, if it winds up that AMC cancels the show, you shouldn’t let the lack of appearance on this list deter you from pleading with DirecTV!

While Rubicon’s ratings have been anemic, particularly with adults 18-49, the penultimate episode on Sunday was up 50% from a 0.2 rating to a 0.3 rating (some of the increase is the benefit of only seeing the ratings rounded to tenths), and up 30% with total viewers.

While even at those levels the numbers are still tiny, it is hard to predict what AMC will do.   I don’t love Rubicon’s chances, but even at those levels it’s not completely unfathomable that AMC will renew it.

It does however seem unthinkable that FX will renew Terriers (another 0.2 adults 18-49 rating on Wednesday night) or that Syfy will renew Caprica (0.3 adults 18-49 rating on Tuesday night).

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 Week
1 Rubicon AMC 2
2 Terriers FX 1
3 Life Unexpected CW 3
4 The Whole Truth ABC 6
5 Caprica Syfy 7
6 Undercovers NBC 10
7 Detroit 1-8-7 ABC 9
8 Running Wilde Fox 8
9 Outlaw NBC 5
10 The Good Guys Fox 3

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.

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