Which networks fared well in GLAAD’s media study?
August 30th, 2012
03:24 PM ET

Which networks fared well in GLAAD’s media study?

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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  1. jb2817

    The History Channel?!?!?! Maybe they need a show called Ancient Stem Benders or Gay Pawn Stars.

    September 4, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. lonnie...

    maybe you should try a steak one in awhile.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Acting?

    not a great actor.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lonnie

    I'm still mad that I was called a hater because I like a chicken sandwich.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Michael Caliazzo

    We live so close to new york that ABC is our choice for news.

    August 31, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. underground bound

    great guy********************************************

    August 31, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. TEST

    TEST

    August 31, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. lesbean

    I am a lesbean and i love eating pu$$y. stop hating on my shows.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Idiots all around

    this is just disgusting. i along with millions of other house holds will not be watching that show partners. just more gay propaganda. i like that dude that was on numbers thats on that show. bad career move bro. this show is going to bomb

    August 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sokman

    I thought racism was the hot topic these days? G@ys just won't be happy until they steal everyone's thunder & they're the center of the universe. Immorality at it's finest

    August 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. C

    depends on the marriage a high percentage are dysfunctional now.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. shelly

    I avoid all programming that promotes such counterfeit family programing and have no plans to watch the latest propaganda show–The New Normal.

    Such programming is destroying American children, who falsely believe that people not God creates family and defines what marriage really is in His eyes.

    So glad my household and millions others boycott this sin.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fuegostein

    he looks like john goodman from the roseann show does't he?

    August 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Harvey Firestein

    Gayness and gaiety

    August 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. proud conservative

    Why didn't LOGO make the list?

    August 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. staci

    They won't be satisfied until 100% of programming on all channels is LGBT themed.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Observer

    I'm in a biracial marriage, where is our special interest group to make sure there is enough "tolerance" for our lifestyle?

    August 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      what about the zebra neighbors on The Jeffersons?

      August 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • kay

      Wow Observer ! First you like Penn State and now this. You are getting fruitier by the minute.

      August 31, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |

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