GLAAD on Aug. 30 released its sixth annual Network Responsibility Index, which looks at LGBT inclusion in Prime Time programming on five broadcast networks and 10 major cable networks.
“Americans expect to see their off-screen worlds represented onscreen and today more than ever that includes LGBT people and families,” GLAAD president Herndon Graddick said in a news release. “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.”
For the first time, GLAAD tracked two networks known for programming that traditionally appeals to a more conservative audience. The History channel posted the lowest overall percentage – 3 percent – of LGBT inclusive hours of any networks tracked this year. TLC demonstrated that LGBT people can be represented in a wider range of programming formats and subjects with 20 percent of the 545.5 hours tracked by GLAAD including at least one LGBT impression.
The CW remains the top broadcast network with 29 percent of its primetime programming hours being LGBT-inclusive. The CW also registered the most racial diversity, with 62 percent of impressions made by LGBT people/characters of color.
ABC improved enough and Fox declined enough for the networks 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 percent in LGBT inclusive hours.
For the fourth year in a row, CBS remained in last place with 8 percent 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 from GLAAD.
On Cable, Showtime, ABC Family, TNT and HBO received “Good” ratings for the quantity and quality of their LGBT-inclusive original programming.
MTV, which received an “Excellent” score two years ago, received an “Adequate” score this year along with FX, TLC and USA.
For the fourth year in a row TBS received a “Failing” rating, as did the History network.
On the Web: http://www.glaad.org/nri