‘Gossip Girl’ Creator Discusses Ratings : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

Bookmark and Share

‘Gossip Girl’ Creator Discusses Ratings

March 24, 2009

Josh Schwartz tackles show’s low Nielsen numbers

By Matthew B. Zeidman

NEW YORK (RPRN/Hollywood Today) 3/24/09 – Since its TV premiere in 2007, cult hit “Gossip Girl” has been flush with sex, controversy and viewer buzz, but it’s consistently struggled to raise Nielsen ratings to levels easily attained by shows that barely make a blip on the pop culture radar.

In the April 2 issue of “Rolling Stone,” which features two of the drama’s comely co-stars (Blake Lively and Leighton Meester) posing suggestively on the cover with a rapidly melting ice cream cone, show creator and teen drama guru Josh Schwartz took the time to address the statistical disparity.

“We’d wake up in the morning [after broadcast] and look at the ratings and say, ‘Wow, that’s pretty low,’” Schwartz told the magazine. “But then you’d hear people talk about the show and you’d think, ‘This is weird.’ The reaction to the show feels much larger than the audience.”

In an attempt to raise the show’s ratings and woo potential advertisers, the CW Network discontinued free access to full-length episodes on its Web site last April, but allowed Apple’s retail juggernaut, iTunes, to continue to offer paid downloads.

While “Gossip Girl” episodes continue to rank in iTunes’ top 10 TV downloads each week, conventional ratings remain low, with only 20-25 percent of the audience that tunes into top-rated reality show “American Idol.” The show’s producers have previously blamed Internet and group viewing for the low ratings.

About the author:

Matthew B. Zeidman is a freelance reporter working for Hollywood Today, RushPRnews, and other news outlets.

Click here to see all news from this author/company

Filed Under: ENTERTAINMENT, Celebrity, TV shows, Article-byline

RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at rushprnews.com / Anne Howard annehowardpublicist.com

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.


Fuzion International Launches Menswear Collection in San Francisco for the Elevated Spirit

SAN FRANCISCO 11/27/15 · — Fuzion International, a San Francisco-based elevated “lifestyle...

BLACK FRIDAY SALE: PR Coupon available! Valid 4 days only!

San Francisco 11/27/15 · BLACK FRIDAY PR valid until Tuesday, December 5...

Fuzion International thrilled to be a part of CFC 1

SAN FRANCISCO 11/25/15 · What an awesome fighting event. Fuzion International, a San...

The African-American Dating Experience

Austin, TX 11/24/15 · New book Chronicles The African American Dating Experience…And...

The eWheel Adventure Begins! Self Balancing Scooter Market Explodes

ATLANTA, GA 11/15/15 · From the Hover-board to the eWheel the self-balancing...

GreenRoad Releases Next Generation of its Mobile Application

Austin, TX 11/11/15 · GreenRoad Releases the Next Generation of its Mobile...

Fuzion International Coming to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO 11/10/15 · Come and meet lifestyle brand designer Lucas Molo...

Popular New Service Enables Customers to Order a Christmas Tree Online

New Brunswick, Canada 11/10/15 · The pace of modern living means we don't...

Hilltop Christmas Tree Farms Launches Modern Delivery Service

New Brunswick, MA 11/07/15 · Hilltop Christmas Tree Farms has launched a new...

New Service Delivers Fresh Christmas Trees to Hot Texas Homes

TEXAS 11/06/15 · It’s not always easy to fill a home...

Georgia Rapper Young Kuntry Release New Video/Single/LP

Atlanta, Ga 11/06/15 · Young Kuntry, one of Georgia most popular upcoming...

Digital Traffic Systems Awarded Contract in Ohio for Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) Maintenance

RICHMOND, VA 11/04/15 · Digital Traffic Systems, Inc. (www.digitaltrafficsystems.com)(DTS) has been awarded...

Welcome to the World’s most Supercharged Messenger Bag for Commuters

London, UK 11/03/15 · The ability to charge a smartphone or iPad...

SEC Adopts Rules to Permit Crowdfunding

Washington D.C 10/30/15 · Proposes Amendments to Existing Rules to Facilitate Intrastate...