Fox, ABC, ABC Family Top Study on LGBT Inclusion; NBC Has Fewest LGBT Characters

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GLAAD, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, has released its annual Network Responsibility Index, where ABC, Fox and ABC Family demonstrated the greatest amount of LGBT-inclusive content for the TV season gone by.

And for the first time, GLAAD simultaneously released its annual “Where We Are on TV” report aka a head count on LGBT characters for the new TV season. In that study, CBS — thanks in part to Under the Dome and Two and a Half Men‘s new addition — shook off its long-held last place status, ceding the dishonor to NBC.

ACCORDING TO THE NRI REPORT, Fox was No. 1, with 42 percent of its primetime programming hours in the 2012-13 TV season having included LGBT images. That’s up sharply from its previous performance and earned a Good rating.

No broadcast or cable outlets this year earned an Excellent rating.

ABC, placing No. 2 among broadcasters with 33 percent inclusion, earned a Good rating, as did The CW, NBC, MTV and Showtime. Of the cable networks, ABC Family led with 50 percent inclusion (Good), followed by FX’s 40 percent (Adequate). Others getting Adequate grades were CBS, HBO, TLC, TNT and USA Network.

The History channel, with zero percent inclusion, was slapped with a Failing grade. The full report can be found here.

THE “WHERE WE ARE ON TV” REPORT tallies the number of LGBT characters on TV for the new season, and this year 3.3 percent of series-regular characters — or 26 out of 796 — are LGBT, down from last season’s all-time high of 4.4 percent (but up from the 2011-12 TV season’s 2.9 percent).

In addition, 20 recurring characters are LGBT (versus last season’s 25).

ABC — buoyed by the likes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Modern Family, Nashville, Back in the Game and Suburgatory — and Fox (Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Glee) were this year’s only gainers and tied for the highest percentage (5.4) of LGBT characters. The CW followed with 3 percent, CBS climbed out of the cellar with 1.9 percent, while NBC placed last with 1 percent.

Cable networks combined for 42 LGBT regular characters (up from last year’s 35), plus 24 recurring. HBO led that pack (with 10 LGBT characters), followed by Showtime’s eight. The full report can be found here.


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