August 30th, 2012
03:24 PM ET
If you're looking for the most LGBT-inclusive content on TV during primetime, tune in to The CW and Showtime.
According to GLAAD's sixth annual Network Responsibility Index, The CW was No. 1 among broadcast networks for the fourth year in a row, thanks to its 29 percent of primetime programming that included LGBT representation.
Home to shows like "90210," "Gossip Girl" and "America's Next Top Model," The CW also has the most racial diversity.
GLAAD's study examines the "the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people on television" across five broadcast networks as well as 10 cable networks. Overall, GLAAD found that TV representation of the LGBT community has stabilized since last year.
“Americans expect to see their off-screen worlds represented on-screen, and today more than ever that includes LGBT people and families,” Herndon Graddick, the president of GLAAD, said in a statement. “Storylines of families like Mitchell and Cameron on 'Modern Family' and young people like Emily on 'Pretty Little Liars' are not only growing acceptance of our community, but have found praise from viewers and critics alike at a time when visibility and acceptance of LGBT people is at an all-time high.”
Among broadcast stations, "Modern Family's" network home, ABC, came in second place, while Fox was in third. Coming in fourth again was NBC, while CBS came in last place with 8 percent of its programming being LGBT-inclusive. Down two percentage points from 2011, the network also earned a "failing" rating from GLAAD.
Over on cable, Showtime is No. 1 with 46 percent of its primetime programming including LGBT images, with ABC Family (home to "Pretty Little Liars") and TNT coming in second and third place, respectively. HBO was in fourth place with 33 percent, and received a "Good" rating along with the four aforementioned networks.
Trailing far behind the curve are TBS and the History Channel. TBS, which shares a parent company with CNN and TNT, was found to have just 5 percent of LGBT-inclusive primetime programming, whereas History had 3 percent. Both networks received a "failing" rating from GLAAD.
GLAAD did note that all networks could do a better job of showing diversity, as 66 percent of LGBT-inclusive programming focused on Caucasians.
“Including an ethnically diverse cast of characters will not only be a more accurate reflection of the LGBT community," the statement from GLAAD said, "but will also give programs the opportunity to build authentic and complex storylines.”
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