I'm not sure what it is with HBO. Yes, they've got great programming, original writing and fantastic actors/directors... but their PR seems to be in the wrong direction. For the last few years, everything has been skewed towards the Sopranos or shows that were DOA (John From Cincinnati... Carnivale), or shows that started strong and fizzled out (Deadwood).
The Wire has been consistently strong and amazing from its pilot episode all the way through the opening of Season 5. It's a shame its coming to an end because it so incredibly riveting and emotional. Hey, HBO... get more people to watch!