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New PTC Data Shows TV-PG Rated TV Programs Decreased from 2011 to 2014

With the Success of The Wiz, PTC Urges Broadcasters to Program For Families Throughout the Year

By: Kelley Olive

Release Date: 12/10/2015

LOS ANGELES (December 9, 2015) – On the heels of the highly-watched, family-friendly special broadcast of NBC's The Wiz Live!, the Parents Television Council (PTC) is renewing its call on broadcasters to program for families throughout the year and not only during the holidays.

According to new PTC data, there were 11.5 fewer hours of TV-PG primetime broadcast programming during a two-week study period in 2014 than in 2011, representing an almost 20 percent decrease. **

"NBC followed the yellow brick road towards ratings success with The Wiz Live! this December, and we offer our congratulations to all involved in making it a program that families could watch together. NBC also scored big with Peter Pan and The Sound of Music Live! the last few years. CBS has aired re-runs of I Love Lucy to ratings success. What those examples have in common is that they are safe and enjoyable for families to watch together," said PTC President Tim Winter.

Unfortunately, the broadcast networks don't program enough for families the rest of the year. Our data shows a near 20 percent decrease in the number of TV-PG rated shows that have been shown on primetime broadcast TV within a three-year period. Networks used to air TV-G rated TV series throughout the year, but with the exception of holiday specials like The Wiz

"Programming for families shouldn't just be a once a year endeavor. After all, it's a winning solution for the networks, the advertisers, and the audience. We urge the broadcast networks to change course and consider the important family audience in 2016 and beyond."


** The PTC examined all primetime entertainment programming on the four major broadcast networks (ABC, NBC,?CBS, and Fox) during the first 2-weeks of the November 2011 and 2014 sweeps periods. Broadcasts of news, sports programs, and reruns were excluded.

The Parents Television Council® ( is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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