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Gays on TV: CW, ABC Family score top marks; TBS, A&E 'failing'

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ABC Family and The CW received top marks for its inclusiveness of gay characters in the latest survey by GLAAD, while TBS and A&E drew failing grades.

Those are few of the findings in the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s fifth annual “network responsibility index” that tracks the quantity and quality of gay, lesbian and transgender roles on TV. Among the broadcast networks, The CW once again came out in first place, with CBS ranked last. ABC Family’s grade of “excellent” was only the second network in the survey’s history to ever receive such a classification — of its 103 hours of original primetime programming, 55 percent included LGBT “inclusive images,” on shows like Pretty Little Liars (pictured) and Greek. TBS and A&E, meanwhile, received failing grades for the fourth year in a row. Overall, networks have dramatically increased the number of gay portrayals in recent years.

Here’s how broadcast and cable networks with original scripted programming stack up on GLAAD’s index:

Ranking of the Broadcast Networks, 2010-2011

1. The CW, 33 percent – Good

2. Fox, 29 percent – Good

3. ABC, 23 percent – Good

4. NBC, 15 percent – Adequate

5. CBS, 10 percent – Adequate

Ranking of Cable Networks

1. ABC Family, 55 percent – Excellent

2. Showtime, 37 percent – Good

3. TNT, 33 percent – Good

4. HBO, 31 percent – Good

5. AMC, 29 percent – Good

6. Syfy, 22 percent – Good

7. FX, 19 percent – Adequate

8. USA, 18 percent – Adequate

9. A&E, 5 percent – Failing

10. TBS, 5 percent – Failing