GLAAD Releases Annual LGBT TV Rating Index

From GLAAD’s Media Release, a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on television:

Good

– HBO and Showtime received grades of Good, with HBO leading with 42 percent of programming hours featuring LGBT representations.

– ABC, with shows including Brothers & Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty, again received the highest ranking of the five broadcast networks, earning a Good grade with 24 percent of their primetime programming hours including LGBT representations.

– The CW also received a grade of Good, with 20 percent of their primetime programming hours including LGBT representations.

Adequate

– While Fox received an Adequate, rising from last place and a Failing grade in 2008; 11 percent of its programming hours were LGBT-inclusive, yet some of those hours included problematic content.

– Among cable networks evaluated, TNT showed the largest growth, jumping from one percent of LGBT inclusive primetime programming hours last year to 19 percent. FX posted the sharpest decline, dropping 32 percent over the previous season. Both were graded

Failing

– NBC and CBS received Failing grades, for their 8 and 5 percent, respectively, of programming hours with LGBT images. CBS moved down from third place in last year’s GLAAD Network Responsibility Index to last among the five major broadcast networks.

– A&E, Sci Fi and TBS received grades of Failing.

Read the full media release from GLAAD.

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