According to GLAAD‘s 7th annual Network Responsibility Index, which rates LGBT content on networks during the 2012-2013 TV season, Fox, the network of Glee, was the most inclusive broadcast network with 42% of primetime programming hours having included LGBT images. ABC, which airs Modern Family, came in second, with 33% of inclusive hours. On cable, ABC Family, which has new series The Fosters, was the most inclusive network with 50% of its original programming including LGBT impressions or storylines, followed by FX at 40%. The index, released today, didn’t award any network the highest Excellent rating. Fox, ABC, ABC Family and FX were among the networks given a Good score, while TBS and History received a Failing grade (full network list by grade below). GLAAD’s other report released today, Where We Are On TV, which counts the number of LGBT characters in the new 2013-2014 television season, found that 3.3% of primetime broadcast scripted series regulars will be LGBT characters, down from the record high of 4.4% last season. Overall, this season there will be an equal number of women and men among LGBT characters. ABC and Fox are the only networks to show increases this year and have the highest percentage of LGBT characters at 5.4% each. The CW is in third place at 3%. CBS is no longer last, averaging 1.9% and surpassing NBC, which dropped from last year to 1%. On cable, HBO will have the most characters with a total of 11, followed by Showtime with 8. “Last season was a stellar one when it comes to the sheer number of gay, lesbian and bisexual representations on television, though diversity within those storylines showed room for improvement,” said GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz. “Though the number of LGBT characters dropped this season, shows like The Fosters, with an interracial female couple raising a family, and characters like Unique on Glee have not only moved the conversation about LGBT people forward, but are also a hit with audiences.”
Good: ABC, ABC Family, CW, FOX, MTV, NBC, Showtime
Adequate: CBS, FX, HBO, TLC, TNT, USA
Failing: History, TBS
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