LOS ANGELES (November 3, 2014) – The Parents Television Council called out ABC for exposing children and
unsuspecting families, who had just finished watching the “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” special on October 30, to graphic sex
in the opening scene of the following program, “Scandal.” The clip can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/parentstv/ptc-scandal-cvb.
“Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground. In less than 26 seconds we were taken from the Peanuts pumpkin patch to a steamy Scandal sex scene. Twenty-six seconds, boom. Unless parents had the remote control in their hand, thumb on the button and aimed directly at the TV
screen, they didn’t have a chance. Such a transition is grossly irresponsible by the network and entirely unfair for parents. ABC owes families an
apology,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
“Network programmers know the importance of audience flow when constructing their broadcast schedule, and in fact they build their schedules around
audience retention rates. So they know full well the importance of program adjacency. The juxtaposition of a reliably classic family-friendly
children’s cartoon special like the Great Pumpkin –a huge family draw every year for decades – with such a graphic bedroom scene
is unjustifiable. We call on ABC to apologize for its actions and to promise not to so such a thing in the future.”