Variables output in views?

Hi, I usually always dea with arrays this is the first time I have to deal with a regular variable.. so I have in my method:
def online
        @online = Status.count_by_sql "SELECT COUNT(*) FROM status WHERE status = 'online';"
end

and in my layout view I have
<%= @online %>

and nothing comes up... :frowning:

What im doing wrong?