Kurt and Blaine, it's time to get cracking on a new musical number about social injustice. According to GLAAD's annual report on gay characters on TV, the amount of LGBT characters on scripted broadcast series is expected to decrease for the first time since 2008.
The "Where Are We on TV?" study found that an estimated 2.9 percent of series regulars are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, meaning only nineteen of the 647 series regulars this year identify as LGBT. This is down from 3.9 percent in 2010 and three percent in 2009. Fox currently boasts the most inclusive character line-up, largely thanks to this little show called Glee. The network dethroned six-year champ ABC, which posted significant drops in LGBT characters. Still, it's doing better than NBC and The CW, and it's basically slaughtering CBS, which has remained in last place among broadcast networks for an impressive four years.
As far as cable TV goes, HBO is the leader because of the "diverse vampires, witches and witches [sic] and werewolves of True Blood," because vampires, as we all know, are nothing if not equal opportunists. ABC Family, FX, TeenNick, TNT, and BBC were also deemed LGBT-inclusive.
So, CBS; let's talk. Numbers may be down across the board, but this is getting particularly embarrassing for you. Not only are your LGBT characters severely lacking, but you also finished last in number of female characters this year. It can't be that hard to sneak a lesbian investigator into one of the many CSI shows, or maybe a gay bartender on How I Met Your Mother. Something tells me NPH would be cool with this.