25. The Show Won No Emmy Awards And Had Very Poor Viewing Figures
Somewhat shockingly for a show that attracts such high plaudits today, The Wire failed to achieve substantial recognition during its life on air. David Simons drama did not win a single Emmy award, and its viewing figures actually steadily decreased as the series went on. In the US its figures averaged a modest 4 million people in the UK, fewer than 100,000. Fortunately, HBO believed in the show enough that they allowed it to run for the full 5 seasons, and its audience grew after its conclusion. This is a rare instance of a network sticking with an innovative series, despite its commercial failings a strong contrast to the fates of other HBO shows like Carnivale and Deadwood.