All the more reason to bring back Puckleberry! The ratings will sky rocket :P
While I honestly believe that the ratings would go up if we were to get a PR storyline (romantic or just friendship) I can also honestly say that it has come to the point where I don’t want PR to happen on the show. They already screwed up so much and PR wouldn’t be any different. This way Puckleberry remains perfect.
Besides the fanfic writers are doing a way better job with them than RIB ever could.