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.

Monday

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

Tuesday

90210

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

Wednesday

H8R

1 Male Host-1 Latino Mario Lopez

America’s Next Top Model

1 Female Host-1 African American Tyra Banks

Thursday

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

Friday

Nikita

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

Supernatural

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

14.2%

 

–Ken Choy

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