Great news for "America's Next Top Model" fans: the CW was deemed TV's top broadcast network for LGBT-inclusive programming for the third year in a row.
With 29 percent of its programming deemed LGBT-inclusive, the CW was the frontrunner among broadcast networks in GLAAD's sixth annual Network Responsibility Index. The study, which tracked original prime-time programming on 10 major cable networks as well as the five major broadcast networks, also gave favorable ratings to ABC Family (home to "Pretty Little Liars"), TNT and HBO.
"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 statement. "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."
Graddick also praised Chaz Bono's appearance on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" as helping to promote acceptance of transgender people. "His very candid appearance on the program taught many that transgender Americans deserve respect and acceptance," Graddick is quoted by the Associated press as saying.
On the flip side, CBS came in last place with a mere eight percent of its prime-time programming deemed LGBT-inclusive; after receiving an "Adequate" score last year, the network is back to a "Failing" score. Perhaps the new series "Partners," which stars "Ugly Betty" alum Michael Urie as a gay character and is set to debut Sept. 24, could bolster those ratings next year.
Both TBS and the History Network also received “Failing” ratings, with just five percent and three percent of their programs deemed LGBT-inclusive, respectively.
The CW remains the top broadcast network with a rating of "Good" and 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, such as those on "America's Next Top Model."
Home to "Glee," the network nonetheless dropped 5 percent, with 24 percent of its programming deemed LGBT-inclusive.
With 33 percent of its programming deemed LGBT-inclusive, HBO (home to the hit series "Girls," which features at least one gay character) was given a "good" rating.
GLAAD rated ABC Family as "excellent" in its portrayal of gay and lesbian characters, only the second television network to get such a designation in the five years the group has monitored television content. ABC Family's popular "Pretty Little Liars" features Emily, one of four teenage girls, as an athlete who came out as a lesbian.
Thanks, in part, to Chaz Bono's "Dancing With The Stars" stint, ABC scored a 4 percent increase, with 27 percent of its programming deemed LGBT inclusive.
With just 8 percent of its programming deemed LGBT-inclusive, CBS held last place, therefore earning a "failing" rating. The new comedy series "Partners" will debut on CBS on Sept. 24, starring "Ugly Betty" alum Michael Urie (right) as a gay character.
Despite an increase of 4 percent, NBC (home to "30 Rock") came in fourth place in broadcast networks, with 19 percent of its programming deemed LGBT-inclusive.
Thanks to shows like "American Horror Story," FX saw the biggest increase over last year, with its percentage of gay-and-lesbian-inclusive hours rising from 19 percent to 34 percent.
TBS, which will be home to "Cougar Town" this coming season, received a "failing" rating with just 5 percent of its programming deemed LGBT-inclusive.
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