Fox Fails In Review Of Gay Images On TV

Michael Urie as Marc St. James in an episode from the ABC dramedy "Ugly Betty."
ABC/Karen Neal
In a new report the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation ranked ABC highest in its representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people on network television.

ABC has the best representation of gays among the five major networks according to a new report. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said that Fox scored the lowest in their ratings.

"While we have made great strides in the ten years since Ellen DeGeneres came out on television, this report shows where work still needs to be done," GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said in a statement.

"Fox appreciates all the work that GLAAD has done to improve the visibility of LGBT characters and issues, and their positive recognition of our efforts in that regard," a Fox spokesperson told TheShowBuzz in a statement. "We are committed to recognizing diversity across our entire schedule, take these issues seriously, acknowledge we have work to do, and will strive to enhance the representation of LGBT characters on our air."

GLAAD said they examined all 4,693 hours of prime-time programming on ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, and NBC from June 1, 2006 through May 31, 2007 for any on-screen major or minor representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people.

ABC received a grade of "good" with 15 percent of its prime-time programming inclusive of LGBT representation. The CW had a rating of "fair" at 12 percent, CBS came in at No. 3 with a "fair" rating of 9 percent, followed by NBC with a "fair" rating at 7 percent.

Fox was the only network to receive a "failing" grade for its 6 percent of LGBT-inclusive programming.