‘Criminal Minds’ Boycott Group #NoHotchNoWatch Starts Second Year Supporting Thomas Gibson [Opinion]

Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson has inspired one of the most tenacious boycotts seen in recent years. Saturday marked the first anniversary of Gibson’s termination by CBS and ABC, and the birth of #NoHotchNoWatch.

The #NoHotchNoWatch hashtag came together one year ago. A core group of hardcore Thomas Gibson fans formulated a plan to boycott Criminal Minds and hold Twitter protests during the Criminal Minds time slot. The #NoHotchNoWatch protests continue.

Criminal Minds actress Paget Brewster tried to defuse the situation in a recent interview with TV Line, explaining that in any job people come and go. There is not anything that co-workers can do about it.

“It’s always hard when someone is gone, whether by choice or not by their choice… but it is the same as any job over a decade people come and go and it’s hard but you roll with it… you can’t not miss the people who are gone.”

Paget Brewster was fired by CBS once, and the fans protested until she was brought back. Employees are not generally in the position to challenge their bosses, but customers can certainly speak up and stop using the services of the company that unjustly fires an employee they like. That’s where #NoHotchNoWatch comes in.

Criminal Minds fans and the viewers of other CBS and ABC programming are essentially customers, and there are a lot of dissatisfied customers. Criminal Minds ratings are down by over 17 percent overall, and 22.45 percent for the demographic, when comparing Season 12 with Season 11, according to TV Series Finale.

Remember when Paget Brewster and A.J. Cook were fired from Criminal Minds?

Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson has some incredible fans who have proven their loyalty in a way few fans could muster. The #NoHotchNoWatch supporters have ingeniously managed to gain the attention of national and international media. They have been mentioned by some pretty big names.

Thomas Gibson A.J. Cook and Matthew Gray Gubler

Thomas Gibson’s long history in theater, television, and movies has created a really strong, hardcore fan base. Gibson is loved by some of the most tenacious and capable fans out there, and they plan to boycott Criminal Minds and all other CBS and ABC shows until Thomas gets a formal public apology and an offer at least to return.

The #NoHotchNoWatch hashtag isn’t the only boycott facing CBS and ABC. Many fans of Last Man Standing have also threatened a boycott. It is unknown exactly how their plans are moving forward, but perhaps in September they will make their strategy known. Some other groups are disappointed with the news coverage and programming of these networks as well.

Criminal Minds has lost more viewers than most over the course of last season. Fans are disgruntled with the treatment of Thomas Gibson and want to see him return. Will CBS and ABC ever concede?

Thomas Gibson of Criminal Minds

Supporters of #NoHotchNoWatch are in this for the duration. They are enjoying their Thomas Gibson Twitter fests, and perhaps that is the secret to the success of the movement. These Thomas Gibson celebrations, which also happen to be a boycott of Criminal Minds, are fun as well as effective at gaining worldwide attention.


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