August 3rd, 2011
11:26 AM ET
For the second year in a row the CW network ranks number one in a study monitoring portrayal of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community.
That's according to the fifth annual Network Responsibility Index from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
The study examines the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people on television by evaluating primetime programming on the five broadcast networks and 10 major cable networks.
“Programs like 'Pretty Little Liars' and 'Greek' have woven gay, lesbian and bisexual characters into their stories in a way that mirrors the diversity of our community and the experiences of younger generations,” said Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs for GLAAD. “Viewers expect to see television environments that accurately reflect what it’s like to be a young adult, and today that includes young adults who happen to be gay.”
With 33 percent of its primetime programming hours being LGBT-inclusive, the CW retained its spot at the top while Fox came in second with 29 percent. Both networks received a “Good” rating this year.
ABC took third place while being noted as the network with the greatest total number of LGBT-inclusive hours (253). CBS remained in the last position, but did raise its two-year rating of “Failing” to "Adequate" this year.
On the cable front, ABC Family became the second in the study's history to receive an “Excellent” rating thanks to 55 percent of its 103 hours of original primetime programming including LGBT-inclusive images which also reflected the ethnic and racial diversity of the LGBT community.
ABC Family was followed by Showtime (37 percent), TNT (33 percent), HBO (31 percent), Lifetime (31 percent), AMC (29 percent) and Syfy (22 percent) which all received “Good” ratings for the quantity and quality of their LGBT-inclusive original programming.
“As television audiences get to know our community and the common ground that we all share on the screen and in their own lives, acceptance is growing,” said Mike Thompson, acting president of GLAAD. “Inclusive programming is a hit with critics and audiences alike who cheered for Kurt and Blaine’s romance on 'Glee' or watched the wedding of Callie and Arizona on' Grey’s Anatomy.'"
To download the full report, visit GLAAD.org.
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