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Rubicon: AMC TV Show Cancelled, No Season Two

RubiconAMC has decided to cancel Rubicon after one season of 13 episodes.

Billed as a conspiracy thriller, Rubicon is set in a government intelligence agency where nothing is as it seems. The cast includes James Badge Dale, Dallas Roberts, Jessica Collins, Christopher Evan Welch, Lauren Hodges, Arliss Howard, and Miranda Richardson.

The TV show was previewed back in June and attracted a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.07 million viewers. When the series officially kicked off in August, the demo dropped to a 0.3 rating with 1.9 million viewers. The demo dropped to a 0.2 after that and the whole season averaged a 0.3 rating and 1.25 million viewers.

That wasn’t enough for AMC to want a second season and the cable channel has now cancelled the series.

Of the cancellation decision, AMC released the following statement, “Rubicon’ gave us an opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story, and we’re proud of the series. This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenally talented and dedicated team.”

The 13th and final episode of Rubicon aired on October 17th.

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear that it’s been cancelled? What would you liked to have seen in season two?

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Bob Christopherson September 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I’m very disappointed that AMC cancelled Rubicon. It was an intelligent show and perhaps that was its problem. There are not enough intelligent people watching TV these days. Maybe I should stop watching too. Of shows that had a rocky start and went on to become big hits, I’m reminded especially of Law & Order. NBC knew that they had something special though and they had the courage to see it through. Too bad that AMC doesn’t have guts like that.


Curtis September 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I suppose it made someone uncomfortable


steve giambanco September 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

I was very sad to hear AMC was canceling season 2 of Rubicon. I thought it was great! I”m not sure if AMC promoted the series as well as it should. Perhaps if enough people respond AMC may reconsider


SO DISAPPOINTED!! September 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I can’t believe it was cancelled – one of the truly bright, and intelligent spots on TV. I’ve been waiting patiently, and then to find out it was cancelled! I hope someone with courage picks it up and the series continues – it is (was) wonderful.


RUBICON'S BIGGEST FAN!!!! September 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I don’t know how describe my feelings. I know its just a TV show but I feel an anger I cant put into words. This wasn’t “TV show” quality. It was movie quality! and it was on basic cable for all to see and enjoy. Its better than HBO movies. Why would you pull it? Just to replace it with something of lower quality? AMC this was the best you could do and quit on it. You wont out do Rubicon! It was a masterpiece. Is it all about ratings and money? When will you take a stand and say “this is art! and I’m not going to dumb it down for anyone?”
Is it all just entertainment? Is there no pride in what you do? TV is garbage. And now that rubicon is gone, TV is absolute garbage. Its like listening to the radio. There is nothing but garbage. There is no skill or art in it at all. You suck AMC.


PAT September 11, 2011 at 6:57 am

Yet again a series that appeals to thinking people has met it’s demise. This show was riveting, but, alas, we are left with the dregs such as reality tv and moronic sitcoms, Not all of the audience is brain dead! We are better educated and have greater disposable income to spend at our discretion, so give those of us with a brain something to watch other than PBS. PLEASE! We are inclined to purchase from sponsors of shows we watch and enjoy.


Carol September 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I have been waiting all year for this show to return! What a terrible decision! With all the CRAP on TV this was one bright spot. The people who cancelled this should have their asses kicked!


Lora York September 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I loved this series–even more after I had watched it once. It is well-acted, thoughtful and textured.

And I liked the music.

Bring it back!


Pico September 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm

BIG FAIL It was just the “entrance”. We just tasted and some of us love it. We acctually work as evangelist of the series. Telling other how good it is. Shame on AMC. Rubicon has the power to become an Xfiles-24 phenomenon. You just don’t se the future. Im sad.


Jackie Alvarez August 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I don’t believe that the show was cancelled because of ratings. This was one of the best programs in TV today. Maybe the level of thinking and reasoning was too much for many viewers. The show was absolutely brilliant in my opinion. Please bring it back.



juan August 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm

such a shame, i was really expecting to see what a second season would bring


David August 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Rubicon was cancelled because it was too intelligent for most viewers in the USA, who prefer to not have to think for themselves!


Mike's America August 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I’ll never watch another AMC original series again. How could I after investing in Rubicon only to find the series unfinished after 13 episodes?

It’s like selling only half a book and expecting people to like it!


Maureen Perry August 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I’m really disappointed to see that Rubicon has been cancelled. I thought it was a smart and thoughtful series with lots of storyline opportunities.
I hope that another station will be smart enough to pick up this series in the future!
M. Perry


Kim August 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

This is a terrible decision. Many shows that went on to be great hits had difficult first seasons. This show offered a much needed combination of thought provoking drama and mystery. It should be brought back!!


Pablo August 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

It’s a shame that they canceled
I’m really disappointed to see that Rubicon has been cancelled


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