GLAAD Presents the Most Gay-Friendly Networks and TV Shows of 2012

The Lesbian and Gay Alliance Against Defamation has released its sixth annual Network Responsibility Index, a study that tracks LGBT inclusiveness on television networks.

The gayest network this year is the CW, with 29 percent of its programming deemed LGBT-inclusive.

"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."

On the other hand, CBS came in last, with eight percent of its prime-time programming deemed LGBT-inclusive.

“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,” writes The Huffington Post.

Broadcast Networks:

  • The CW remains the top broadcast network with a rating of "Good" and 29% of its primetime programming hours being LGBT-inclusive. The CW also registered the most racial diversity with 62% of impressions made by LGBT people/characters of color.
  • ABC improved enough (+4%) and Fox declined enough (-5%) for the two to swap places for second and third place in percentage of inclusive hours compared to last year. NBC remained in fourth place despite an increase of 4% in LGBT inclusive hours.
  • For the fourth year in a row CBS remained in last place with 8% LGBT-inclusive hours of primetime programming, dropping 2 percentage points from last year.  After receiving an “Adequate” score last year, the network is back to a “Failing” score.

Cable Networks

  • Showtime (46%), ABC Family (34%), TNT (34%), and HBO (33%) all received “Good” ratings for the quantity and quality of their LGBT-inclusive original programming.
  • MTV (23%) which received an “Excellent” score two years ago received an “Adequate” score this year along with FX (34%), TLC (20%) and USA (17%).
  • For the fourth year in a row TBS (5%) received a “Failing” rating, as did the History network (3%).

Read the Network Responsibility Index below:


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