CW Keeps New ‘Gossip Girl’ Episodes Off Web

Apr 17, 2008  •  Post A Comment

The CW’s Web site, CWTV.com, will not stream the newest “Gossip Girl” episodes in an effort to increase the show’s broadcast TV ratings, which have been low despite its high Internet buzz.
“For these next five weeks the epicenter of the ‘Gossip Girl’ universe will be on The CW’s broadcast television airwaves,” said Dawn Ostroff, The CW’s president of entertainment.
The show returns with five original episodes starting Monday, April 21.
“We feel we have a valuable property,” said Paul McGuire, senior VP of communications at the network. He added the decision was made on an “experimental basis,” in hopes of improving broadcast ratings for the show.
New episodes of the series will still be available for download through iTunes. The episodes also will be rebroadcast the following Sunday at 6 p.m.
Other short-form content will appear on CWTV.com, including interviews with series creator Josh Schwartz, two-minute episode recaps following the Monday night airings and viewer contests. The site will continue to have the first 12 episodes available for streaming.
While in reruns due to the writers strike, “Gossip Girl” moved to Mondays at 8 p.m. from Wednesdays at 9 p.m., losing its “America’s Next Top Model” lead-in.
The show has been averaging a 2.4 rating/6 share among women 18-34.

65 Comments

  1. I think you should post the new gossip girl episodes because some people arnt able to make it to their television in time and I for one have a busy schedule!!!!

  2. I think they should post it too. I live in a town that doesn’t even get CW and it’s my only way of keeping up. Other wise I might just stop watching it all together if I only get it every once in a while.

  3. I agree with you both. I’m very busy and if Gossip Girl isn’t online, there’s a chance I’ll never see the episode. Anytime I miss episodes, I just decide not to watch for a while and my friends just fill me in on what happened. Not streaming episodes is only going to hurt your fan base.
    And try this for a solution: get more timeslots to rerun it or pay a station to do all-day marathons like top model and other shows have done. you have no idea what type of ratings youd get if you gave us more chances to see the show.

  4. I so agree we you all. Cuz when it finally started back i had no idea that it came on mondays. So i missed it. And now im totally lost. I think they should at least post them even if it is like 2 weeks later or something. Or try runnin it the same day but twice or something. Cuz i love this show but its hard to keep up if you cant watch it and your not home in time to see it on the tube. You figured the writers strike wouldve knocked some sense into these ppls heads..

  5. i hope they post it back on their page at cwtv.com because they are at fault for putting the best show on a time slot which is not so good..

  6. I, for one, am very upset about this. I didn’t know that they weren’t going to be posting the videos online. I just found out about it after I’d already missed two episodes. I had counted on being able to catch up online. This is just stupid.

  7. dude. seriously this is dumb. post the damn movies, we like the show and can’t build our lives around tv. we watch when we can and we can watch on the web

  8. thank god I found this because I’ve been looking all over the web to see the full episodes that I oh well guess I just won’t see them then

  9. I think they should post the episodes online. I was able to watch the first episode when it started again, and then after that, I missed every single one because I started night school. Now what am I suppossed to do when the new season starts? They need to be available online.

  10. It is completely unfair to keep the episodes out of the internet. Seriously not every one can like glue their butts to the couch and watch the episode. Some ppl have important things to do like work! and would greatly appreciate to be considered and make the episodes available online.

  11. For real I don’t get the CW where I live so my only option is to watch it on their web sit. So if they wont have it on their then I guess I have no option but to not bother being a fan any longer.

  12. cancell gg.
    shows like it r why the US $ is respected but its ppl arent.

  13. Listen,
    In our area, CW is having a dispute with Time Warner (our cable provider) and we haven’t had CW programs for two weeks now.
    It’s entirely unfair that I won’t even be able to watch the latest epsiodes online – this is my favorite show! It’s bad enough that I don’t get the channel right now

  14. Do you care to ?
    Elect ?
    Offers brand name ?
    Can’t touch this!

  15. Although I can relate to how you all are feeling, they have ratings to keep up in order to keep them on air, to continue providing this show…period. Buy the season when it comes out.

  16. This is why they invented tivo and tape recorders people chill!

  17. Well, I’m just happy they have it back on the internet. I undertsnad where they were coming from, but if its about the amount of people watching, they should definitely count internet numbers and ratings. I’ve only watched the show on TV once this season, but I haven’t missed an episode! With the age group who watches it mainly being IN SCHOOL, it makes sense that a lot of them would be watching it on the internet when they have time. Sorry but I can’t afford Tivo and VCR players are confusing to use.

  18. I’m really bummed I won’t be able to watch the show online. I always looked forward to watching every week. But if I miss an episode, I’ll feel lost and won’t be able to watch the rest. Having it off the internet won’t help boost ratings, It’ll have the opposite effect. I’m the perfect example. I won’t watch next weeks show, because I missed this weeks. How’s that for a ratings boost?

  19. I echo the sentiments of those before me. I am incredibly busy with work and the only way I’ve been able to keep up has been though the online episodes. You have officially lost me tonight as a fan.

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