Study Says Prime-Time TV Not Gay Enough: [ send to a friend ]
According to a gay-rights group, U.S. television networks aren't gay enough.
Although the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has given ABC the highest marks of any of the five major broadcast networks in their first-ever report rating depictions of gay, lesbian and transgender characters and issues on TV.
The study assigned grades of "excellent," "good," "fair" or "failing" during over 4,000 hours of programming examined.
No network was rated as excellent. But ABC received a grade of "good" with 171 hours of gay-inclusive TV last season, accounting for 15 percent of its prime-time programming.
ABC shows also featured more regular characters who are gay, lesbian or transgender than any of its rival broadcasters, led by "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers & Sisters."
GLAAD said networks and their advertisers stood to gain from more gay-friendly programming, as the gay community is generally more affluent, highly educated and brand-conscious than the population at large.
The CW network, scored the second-highest marks from GLAAD with 12 percent of its programming hours found to be gay-inclusive. But it's reality show "America's Next Top Model" accounted for nearly all of that.
The study singled out CBS for casting gay and lesbian characters mostly as victims and villains in its procedural police dramas without including gays on any of the crime-solving teams.
Finally, Fox, received a "failing" grade for including gay and lesbian impressions in just 6 percent of its programming.