The CW employs the fewest actors overall among the five traditional broadcast networks, and among them, only 14.2% are people of color.

However, with the grading scale that minority-advocacy coalitions use, The CW’s numbers look a little better than the raw figures suggest because there are several high-position performers onboard, including Maggie Q, the lead in Nikita, and Tyra Banks and Mario Lopez, who serve as hosts (and executive producers) of their shows on the network.

Still, the network’s diversity data are dismal, which is one of the reasons I avoided surveying them the first time I ran the numbers.


Gossip Girl

5 Female roles-5 Caucasian

4 Male roles-4 Caucasian

Hart of Dixie

1 Female Lead

1 Female Supporting

3 Male supporting- 2 Caucasian, 1 African American Cress Williams



6 Female Roles 6 Caucasians

5 Male roles 4 Caucasians, 1 African American Tristan Wilds

The Ringer

1 Female Lead-Caucasian

3 Supporting Males-1Caucasian, 1 African American Mike Colter, 1 Latino Nestor Carbonell



1 Male Host-1 Latino Mario Lopez

America’s Next Top Model

1 Female Host-1 African American Tyra Banks


Vampire Diaries

1 Female Lead-1 Caucasian

6 Male Supporting-6 Caucasian

3 Female Supporting, 2 Caucasian, 1 African American Katerina Graham

Secret Circle

1 Female Lead-1 Caucasian

3 Male Supporting-3 Caucasian

5 Female Supporting-5 Caucasian



1 Female Lead-1 Asian Maggie Q

1 Female 2nd Lead-1 Caucasian

2 Female Supporting-1 Caucasian, 1 African American Tiffany Hines

3 Male Supporting-3 Caucasians


2 Male Leads-2 Caucasians

1 Male Supporting-1 Caucasian

One Tree Hill

1 Male Lead-1 Caucasian

5 Male Supporting-4 Caucasian, 1 African American Antwon Tanner,

4 Female Supporting-4 Caucasians


70 roles

10 POC



–Ken Choy

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