By: Shannon Ralph
According to a new report from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), broadcast and cable networks are making positive strides in their inclusion of LGBT images, characters, and story lines.
The CW network topped the organization’s annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI) for the second year in a row. According to GLAAD’s report, 33 percent of the CW’s Primetime programming during the survey period included LGBT images.
Fox was in second place and ABC ranked third with a “good” rating from the organization. NBC ranked fourth with an “adequate” rating. CBS, improving its rating from “failing” to “adequate,” still ranked the lowest among the broadcast networks.
On the cable front, ABC Family received the NRI’s second ever “excellent” rating, ranking first among the cable networks. TNT, HBO, Lifetime, AMC and Syfy received “good” ratings. USA received an “adequate” rating. For the fourth year in row, A&E and TBS received a “failing” mark.
Mike Thompson, president of GLAAD, said the ability to reach diverse audiences brings rewards in that “inclusive programming is a hit with critics and audiences alike who cheered for Kurt and Blaine’s romance on ‘Glee’ or watched the wedding of Callie and Arizona on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’… As television audiences get to know our community and the common ground that we all share onscreen and in their own lives, acceptance is growing.”
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