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No Online Streaming for Gossip Girl: Yay or Boo?


Despite being one of the most buzzed-about shows of the season, Gossip Girl has never gotten great ratings. The conventional wisdom has been that the show's young, tech-savvy audience is simply watching the shows online rather than on TV. Now, the CW apparently wants to see just how true that is. The network has decided not to stream the final five episodes of the season. (Older episodes will still be available, and the show can still be purchased at iTunes.) As a CW representative told the New York Times, the idea is to see whether this "moves the needle" of the ratings at all.

So: good move or bad move? Do you think the show is wise to try and force people to watch on TV? Or did the CW just take away the primary way you watch Gossip Girl?

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kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
this is my new fav show and i appreciate being able to watch during lunch on my fabulous crystal clear power mac lcd screen. i watch it at night on tv but always rewatch shows online when i'm bored. it sucks that they cut out that option!
DCStar DCStar 7 years
I don't own a tv! This is how I watched the show. Boo - hiss boo!
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 7 years
*hisses* I don't have cable because I'm living in the dorms! How am I supposed to watch it now?
summern78 summern78 7 years
I love the show and watch it mostly on TV but online was a great way for me to catch the ones I miss since I haven't moved into the world of DVR yet! I'm planning to soon....If Chuck ends up gay, then something is wrong. Maybe it would be Nate??? He keeps putting off Blair....hmmmmm
Cherylish Cherylish 7 years
I usually watch it live, but if I can't for some reason it sucks that it won't be available online for free!
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 7 years
Looks like I won't be watching it, then. I'm pretty angry about this. They don't have Top Model online either, which just plain confused me. I need to watch GG at my liesure, but it's not a priority show for me and I simply don't have room on my DVR to let it hang around on there.
zed874 zed874 7 years
i never watched it on the cw site anyway :)
fasttalkingdame fasttalkingdame 7 years
According to my understanding of the way the ratings-gathering system works, it's never going to fully account for college students and young adults (such as myself, who would never miss "Gossip Girl") who don't have landline phone numbers and who don't have established addresses that they might get Neilsen phone calls or mail surveys from. It seems to me that online views are a much *better* way to gauge ratings, because you can actually measure how many people watch it rather than take an inaccurate sample. However, I suppose they make more money off of TV advertisements than they do online ones, so they want to encourage as much on-air watching as possible.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 7 years
I reckon it's irrelevant because they already have low ratings as it is.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
im not a big fan of this show since i never really saw it (georgeous cast though) but my little sis does, and i know she watches most of the episodes online when my dads not around, so in this way that can be prevented.. lol
divapupgirl divapupgirl 7 years
wahh. it's really unfair for those of us in dorms- it's hard when 60 girls share one tv and can't watch between 8-10
demeter demeter 7 years
Josh asked at Paley center who watched online and he's like 'That's your audience right there'. I think it's a smart decision. I always watch on tv anyway, and at least this will get the show better ratings. TV ratings keep it around guys, remember this. It's not just buzz about the show.
gomelalolo gomelalolo 7 years
omg this is horrible i have a test the next day...so i guess studying break will be at gossip girl time
MissLuluP MissLuluP 7 years
That sucks, I´m living in Germany and the only way to watch this show, like the other shows, is online...
ptotheenguin ptotheenguin 7 years
Eh. My guess is that the people who watch it online are doing so because they can't watch it on TV due to the time, etc. I don't think they'll get more viewers, I think they'll get more people turning to other online sources.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 7 years
i dont care where i watch it aslong as i can watch it. I LOVE IT.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 7 years
I think that it will take more viewers away from Gossip Girl. like my best friend: she works nights a lot so she watches Gossip Girl online the next day or whenever she's free and she's a huge fan. This will not be a good thing.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 7 years
I don't even have cable....tv is like strictly for movies for me. I watch cable at the gym (completely mindless shows on bravo, etc) and I watch shows like Gossip Girls online. I guess I'll have to stop watching it on the CW website and get it elsewhere...
lmf8899 lmf8899 7 years
being a college student I don't have a tv nor access to a tv every week!
avettafawna avettafawna 7 years
I also think this is a risky move. Lots of people (like myself) only watch GG online b/c they are busy while it airs. Having the episodes available online keeps those viewers interested and engaged in the drama, but if the CW takes that away then those viewers who can't watch it during its scheduled time (or DVR it) may forget about the show & move on.
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 7 years
I don't think Chuck is going to be gay. I think it is going to be Serena's brother. I don't usually watch this when it is on t.v. I DVR it and watch it when my daughter isn't around or in bed because it can get a little racy. DVR hurts ratings too, I think, but I actually don't watch any shows when they are on. We DVR everything and watch at our convenience.
xrockette19x xrockette19x 7 years
is it bad that this makes me way anxious? I will watch GG on tv if i'm home, but I'm not going to rearrange my calendar for it! I like having the option of watching what I missed online, this really bums me out, as I think I will totally end up missing episodes. Ugh. Maybe they'll put them online once the season is over??? Does GG air as reruns? I am too invested in this show.
aquanteal22 aquanteal22 7 years
We have four people fighting for one TV, so I survived by online screening. Since this is one of the only shows I watch on TV, I might buy the season from iTunes. I think it's a risky move for CW; MindayH had it right: people who watch it online will find it online.
alysun alysun 7 years
I have DVR so I don't care. I know this will bother my friends though because they are not always able to catch the episodes so they watch them online
jasmint jasmint 7 years
Seeing as how this'll be on the same time as How I Met Your Mother and/or Heroes (in the fall), I don't think I can catch it when it airs on TV. Maybe I will if they continue to do repeats on Sunday nights like before, but otherwise I've got higher television-watching priorities.
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