Thursday, August 30, 2012

Check Out GLAAD's Sixth Annual Network Responsibility Index

Every year, GLAAD releases a Network Responsibility Index noting the quantity, quality and diversity of LGBT people on television.

This year, more LGBT images and stories were seen on the tube. We saw 69% of LGBT impressions on TV made by gay men and 66% of LGBT-inclusive broadcast hours which projected the lack of diversity within our community. That number is a wake up call on how we need more cultural and ethnic diversity on TV.

Anywho, here are the TV breakdowns:
Broadcast Networks:
  • The CW remains the top broadcast network with a rating of "Good" and 29% of its primetime programming hours being LGBT-inclusive. The CW also registered the most racial diversity with 62% of impressions made by LGBT people/characters of color.
  • ABC improved enough (+4%) and Fox declined enough (-5%) for the two to swap places for second and third place in percentage of inclusive hours compared to last year. 
  • NBC remained in fourth place despite an increase of 4% in LGBT inclusive hours.
  • For the fourth year in a row CBS remained in last place with 8% LGBT-inclusive hours of primetime programming, dropping 2 percentage points from last year. After receiving an “Adequate” score last year, the network is back to a “Failing” score.

Cable Networks:
  • Showtime (46%), ABC Family (34%), TNT (34%), and HBO (33%) all received “Good” ratings for the quantity and quality of their LGBT-inclusive original programming.
  • MTV (23%) which received an “Excellent” score two years ago received an “Adequate” score this year along with FX (34%), TLC (20%) and USA (17%).
  • For the fourth year in a row TBS (5%) received a “Failing” rating, as did the History network (3%).

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