ABC Family, CW score high in GLAAD TV study
The cast of ABC Family's hit teen drama, 'Pretty Little Liars.'
August 3rd, 2011
11:26 AM ET

ABC Family, CW score high in GLAAD TV study

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.'"

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  1. Peace

    I had a feeling you were pretty busy. Me too, but, I'm good. Anymore job news? (My joints are getting stiff! LOL) Haven't seen BV, either...? I've been keeping wierd hours, so maybe I just miss here in Marquee land. Glad your well! Chat soon! 🙂

    August 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. charlie crack

    @prezpeace- just workin' and caregiving (not sayin, don't want a fracas to begin).And, just gettin' my scholarship stuff straight for fall. How's it been goin'? Yall @msfernace. (hey missrapsalot),@BV (hey you), @mad(sup'computer wiz), and @alecia (hey you too)....yall been good .....? Hope alls well and yall are happy and stayin' outa light..... 🙂

    August 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hmmm

    I wonder what fox news scored.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peace

    Hey Charlie! Where have you been??? Glad to "see you"!!! 🙂

    August 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. charlie crack

    Make GLAAD happy by all means *sigh*. Hey @prezpeace, @mad have a good good

    August 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mammy

    What a bunch of gay crybabies.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Windy

    Too many gay characters; not enough characters who happen to be gay. When it becomes a focal point for the plot over and over it gets a little boring. Most gay people I know are just folks making their way like anyone else.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A

    So all of you are white, correct? And you all are racist biggots right? You are all acting like people did during the civil rights (at least the mentality) look, I get that some shows are pressured into it. Ok? But do you see gays bashing espn? Hunting networks? I don't because its not my channel.
    My wish is just that you all realize this is how it Is for any different group. To this day, people are still referred to as "the first black ____" so get over the bigotry!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Will

    This is sad. Television networks are being pressured into putting a gay person into their programming just to make this one orginization happy. I can understand if letting the audience know that the character is gay is essential to the storyline but in most of all shows they just tell you the person is gay just because. I'm not for or against gay rights but I am for good programming but when you have glad making the bull crap list of who does the best job in promoting gay and lesbians on tv I have a problem with that. To me it seems like they are trying to force hollywood to make everybody think their chosen lifestyle is acceptable. If that's how they choose to live that's fine by me but I don't want to have to see it in every television I decide to watch because the network wants to make this one group happy

    August 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chris

    im happy! For everybody. i love been bi and the more yall show on tv the more we get expected.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. m

    Gay people makeup less than 1% of society. That doesn't make for a big audience. But the media keeps acting like they makeup 50% of society. get over it gay people are not that important.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. austin

    cbs just became my favorite network.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mick

    Who's glaad about this

    August 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. moveon-ny

    It never seems to amaze me how everyone that wants equal rights continues to "segregate" themselves. The Grammy Awards, Daytime Emmys, Oscars...INCLUDE EVERYONE. Yet their are the CMA, BET, GLAAD, etc awards. You're either in or out.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Evel Knievel

    So two networks that all of 5 people watch were recognized?

    August 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. madhater

    @ F-CNN, i agree! I for one would like some worthy information.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  17. madhater

    Gays like Syfy? Where are the trannies?

    August 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Peace

    Opps, where the h.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Peace

    Hey Mad! I think I'll come back tonight & read the comments, I think it will be quite comical ! WTH is everyone, pretty quiet 'round here? Have a good 1.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Ken

    Now I know which stations to avoid.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  21. whatever, man

    The sad truth is that there are far more G&L's on TV than any of us ever encounter in real life. The accolades from GLAAD are in appreciation for furthering their agenda. Just my opinion......

    August 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Peter Yanker

    Those 4 girls in the shower taking a huge doo doo together would be hot and more importantly sanctioned by our friendly GL AA D.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Its a drive by

    Receiveing accolades from such a bigoted organization is nothing to be proud of.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Bettie

    Receiving high marks from GLAAD is nothing to be proud of.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • F--- CNN

      Just look at the revolting "tabloid" that now passes for CNN's "entertainment" news. GLAAD, creeps; Winehouse the dead pig ad naseum; Kardashian, a priviledged, shiftless slob. Who gives a F- about these people?
      Where is the REAL entertainment news, like what's coming up in new movies???

      August 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • F----CNN2

      Amen....CNN entertainment is basically a collection of trainwrecks and gossip fodder. Sadly there are those who get upset when the trolls show up and make a mockery of the whole pile of crap. It gets what it deserves.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  25. The Måd Råp3r

    Wait a second, Pretty Little Liars is about four beautiful lesbians? I might start watching if that's the case. Always happy to support gay rights.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  26. Richard Breath

    Fox should have been number 1. Any network that shows Glee should automatically be #1 on the list by default.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • sues corner

      Glee shows a horribly b1ggotted view of b1se x u a l s. On the show its just protrayed as an "inbetween straight and gay" phase, or something for people who want to have a bigger "pool," like Santana. Besides all the gay/lesb1an characters on Glee were all on show choir at some point – that actually feeds into stereotypes, dont you think?

      August 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |

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