GLAAD released its 2009-2010 report on representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on television, in which MTV became the first network to receive an excellent rating. All broadcast networks showed improvement, with the CW for the first time topping the list with 35% of its programming featuring LGBT characters, up 15% from last year. Powered by Glee, Fox jumped to second place with 30%, up 19% from last year. Meanwhile, ABC, which had led the rankings since their launch, surprisingly slipped to third with 26%, up from 24% last year. That’s despite the fact that the network features probably the most prominent gay couple on TV at the moment, Modern Family‘s Mitch and Cameron. NBC and CBS as usual trailed with 13% and 7%, respectively. In term of grades, the CW and ABC got good, Fox and NBC adequate and CBS failing.
Overall, MTV led the list with 42%. On the cable side, it was followed by ABC Family (37%), TNT (34%), Showtime (32%) and Lifetime (31%), FX (27%) and HBO (26%), with USA (4%), A&E (3%) and TBS (2%) far behind.