CW Yanks Gossip Girl Web Streams

The CW network has said that new episodes of its series “Gossip Girl” will not be streamed on the network’s official site any longer according to CBS News.

The soapie about spoiled NYC rich teenagers was the first new series of last Fall to score a second season renewal. Despite pulling in only a very small audience of 2.5 million viewers per episode on the network, there is a very strong presence of young female fans who help make it one of the most talked about series online.

The first twelve episodes of the season, which will remain on the site, were made available free to viewers about a week after their original airdate. The reason for the delay is being done “as an experiment” to figure out if its online window is cannibalizing the TV audience – the show is among the most downloaded TV shows on iTunes.

The series returns this Monday with original episodes to season’s end.