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Saturday, January 19, 2008

"Girl Tied Up" bringing in the views on YouTube

There have been many comments about the recent Lonelygirl15 video, "Girl Tied Up" and the way it shows Emma, a teenaged character (although the actress is in her twenties), on a stretcher struggling against restraints while the middle-aged Dr. Hart gives her an injection, combined with the suggestiveness of the title and thumbnail image.

Whatever the opinion is about the content, it is garnering many views on YouTube:

In my subscription list just now, it had 452 thousand views (more than double what it had yesterday), and when I clicked on the video, the count was 704 thousand. Current honors for the video on YouTube are:

#2 - Most Discussed (Today)
#1 - Most Discussed (Today) - People & Blogs
#28 - Most Discussed (This Week) - People & Blogs
#19 - Most Linked (Today)
#2 - Most Linked (Today) - People & Blogs
#9 - Most Linked (This Week) - People & Blogs
#1 - Most Viewed (Today)
#1 - Most Viewed (Today) - People & Blogs
#16 - Most Viewed (This Week)
#3 - Most Viewed (This Week) - People & Blogs
#15 - Top Favorites (Today)
#1 - Top Favorites (Today) - People & Blogs

With the arrival of this video, and "Beer Bath," showing Jonas in his underwear in a bathtub, the lonelygirl15 channel subscription count has started increasing (by at least a couple of hundred subscribers in the last couple days, currently at 99,694). Channel honors are currently:

#6 - Most Subscribed (All Time)
#4 - Most Subscribed (All Time) - Directors
#1 - Most Viewed (Today)
#6 - Most Subscribed (All Time)
#4 - Most Subscribed (All Time) - Directors
#1 - Most Viewed (Today)
#1 - Most Viewed (Today) - Directors
#1 - Most Viewed (Today) - Partners
#20 - Most Viewed (This Week)
#9 - Most Viewed (This Week) - Directors
#5 - Most Viewed (This Week) - Partners
#90 - Most Viewed (This Month)
#38 - Most Viewed (This Month) - Directors
#28 - Most Viewed (This Month) - Partners
#12 - Most Viewed (All Time)
#5 - Most Viewed (All Time) - Directors
#11 - Most Viewed (All Time) - Partners


  1. I was tempted to title this article "BondageGirl15" but the Creators might want to use that title in a future video.

  2. currrently #22 most views of all time on the lonelygirl15 channel on youtube. but i'd say this is sure to break a million, who knows how far it could go.

    Lazy Eye, the most viewed lg15 vid of all time, is poised to crack 2 million views tomorrow.

  3. I think a more true idea of what the actual audience is for a show like this would be the number of views on any of the videos without a cleavage/hot chick shot or a porn title. Only people who follow the story of LG15 would be watching a Daniel screenshot with a title like Stay Strong (@22,137). I would like to know how many daily watchers came to the show because of the hot chick clip and porn title and then became engaged by the story and stayed.

  4. good point anonymous. i guess they got what they were looking for, but is this what they're going to have to do to keep it up? if so, i'm afraid we'll sacrifice even more of the story and characters than what we already have. it's sad to me.

    i'd say it's a cheap way to get some views, and not fulfilling at all. maybe they could try... oh, i don't know... making a better show again?

  5. Well, FWIW, that one video w/ 700k views is probably going to get the LG15-team more money than their last 15 videos combined. So maybe it IS worth it.

    Again, would be completely okay if it were Sarah.

  6. The ceap shots they're using kinda lets you in on the status of the show- not to mention the VERY rushed season finale..it makes me wonder how much longer LG15 will last

  7. I wonder if the Creators are making a particular push to get views on YouTube in part because of the promotion of the movie "Jumper" with the Jack videos?

    As with the other recent lonelygirl15 videos on YouTube, the only accepted response videos are other lonelygirl15 videos or the watchyourjack videos.

  8. Compare to the least-viewed videos in the LG15 series:

    Missing Friends (DB) (http://youtube.com/watch?v=8YCoIvFCCcU) has 11,525 views.

    Counting OpAphid characters, Warpylol's only canon video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_f7o4RK3oE) has 6,892 views.

    And counting Nikki B, Claire's Hideout (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7kT9VddS0w) has only 3,802 views.

    Personally? I'm hoping that LG15 wraps up eventually--probably with a six-month-long third season and a big bang, and adios--answering plot holes and focusing their attention on other work. It's clear that they can do good work--they've created many good videos, and KM is excellent--but this storyline just can't go for much longer. I'd rather see them devote their energy to a new project.

    Then again, with that you start ALL OVER as far as viewers; without heavy promotion (eg. Bebo partnership), you won't really get the kind of views LG15 has (had?). And it was their first project. I can understand their reluctance to let it go.

  9. Maybe Jack and Suzie will be next in line for hot titles and underwear vlogs?

    Picture this: The scary Paladin will break into Jack's house! (finally!) He will quickly strap Jack to a metal table! Then CLOSE UP on Jack, dressed only in his boxers (or briefs?), will scream! Then Jack will remember that he can teleport! He then teleports to school! Everyone will see him, dressed only in his underwear, being chased from room to room by the scary Paladin. (HOT AND SCARY AND FUNNY)

    Suzie, who has AMAZING cleavage btw, will make her first video. She will cry out to Jack and talk about her heart breaking. Then we will jump cut to her heaving chest. Then her Gran will whisper "Naughty, naughty."

    The numbers will go through the roof and the advertisers will dance in victory circle.


  10. If "Two Girls, One Dwelling" is fair, than so is this. Ever since the Bree days these videos have drawn people in through thumbnails, this isn't radically different. Even if the show had better writing right now I have my doubts that view numbers would be very different.

  11. The view counts have not changed since I posted this article (but other stats on YouTube such as comment counts and channel subscriptions continue to increase). It will be interesting to see whether there is a sudden jump in the counts later whenever they are updated.

  12. >i'd say it's a cheap way to get some views, and not fulfilling at all. maybe they could try... oh, i don't know... making a better show again?

    The video was good. The tactics for views, bad. Video, good. Show, good. Advertisement, bad. Differences.

    > not to mention the VERY rushed season finale

    If you compare the number of videos in Season 1 to the number of videos in Season 2, and take into account that the concept of Seasons didn't even exist until near the end of the first, the two aren't very different in actual length I, just time.

  13. 839,072

    Oh. My. God.

    This is so stupid.

  14. just watched the vid. wow, that was good ol' exploitation and women's objectification that opened with a fetish shot of a carefully pedicured foot.

  15. People are that offended by this? Jeez, it's really not that big a deal. How about you guys hate on it for the several more legitimate reasons to do so?

  16. From one anonymous to another.. :) I think the finger pointing over the escalating use of porn titles and babe clips is valid. Some fans would rather have the show concentrate on better storytelling to broaden the audience, rather than the one time click to the chick approach. The entire mess of LG is frustrating to many of us out here in anonymous land. So, we're coming here to release our frustration.


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