GLAAD applauds CW, MTV

12:00 AM PST 07/23/2010 by James Hibberd, AP

CW tops survey of gay-friendly shows; MTV rated 'excellent'

SAN DIEGO -- For the first time, the CW has topped the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's annual survey of gay-friendly programming, and MTV has received the organization's first "excellent" rating.

After three years in second place, the CW received top Network Responsibility Index marks for its portrayals of gay and lesbian characters and the highest-ranking ever for a broadcast network.

MTV received an even higher score, with the cable channel becoming the first network to receive an "excellent" grade from GLAAD, which has conducted this survey for three years.

"From their inception, MTV programs like 'The Real World' and 'America's Best Dance Crew' have offered richly diverse portrayals of gay and transgender people that help Americans better understand and accept our community," GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said.

GLAAD reviewed nearly 5,000 hours of primetime programming for the study, and the report wasn't all positive.

The most-watched network, CBS, again received a "failing" grade, with only 7% of programming that was considered inclusive, the majority of which came from its reality shows.

Overall, Fox (30%) was right behind the CW (35%) but only received an "adequate" grade because some of its content was deemed derogatory. ABC (26%) dropped to third, followed by NBC (13%).

On cable, ABC Family (37%), TNT (34%), Showtime (32%), Lifetime (31%) and HBO (26%) received good grades.

USA (4%), A&E (3%) and TBS (2%) received "failing" grades.
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