A great example of a very low budget show gaining great success is the classic television series
The thing that most of these shows had in common was creativity. They offered fresh ideas when viewers were getting bored with the traditional offerings from large budget shows. The episodes had a new approach and fun, unique writing. Whether the characters were animated or real, they offered something different and original. That is precisely what audiences want. They want something new and exciting. Something that has not been overdone by other shows. They want a cast whose faces haven't been seen in tons of productions. Fresh faces attract viewers especially if their characters have substance and offer unique characteristics. Low budget characters seem to have more of a variety of personality that large budget shows tend to shy away from for fear that mainstream culture will frown upon them. Shows on a low budget seem to take more chances and use more creative freedom.
More and more low budget films have the potential to rake in huge earnings and attract large audiences. Not all low budget shows will have success, but for a select few with the right qualities, they will go from rags to riches. All a show really needs to make it big is a great story line, interesting characters, and fresh ideas.