The National Latino Media Council has released its report on the representation of Latinos during the 2013-2014 broadcast season, grading each of the four broadcast networks, including on their reality TV.
The full Annual Television Network Diversity Report: 2013-2014 [PDF] includes grades for each category plus overall grades, but here I’ve included their scores for “unscripted actors,” i.e. reality TV cast members. NBC and Fox received “good” grades, which means “good results and/or efforts,” ABC received a “mediocre” grade, and CBS received a “bad” grade for its “poor results and/or efforts.”
The report’s most specific praise was for Fox’s talent, especially Jennifer Lopez on American Idol, while the most specific criticism was for The Bachelor‘s Juan Pablo Galavis, who despite being the first non-white Bachelor star “ended up perpetuating stereotypes with his sexist and homophobic remarks.”
Here’s what the report said about each of the four networks’ reality TV stars:
“Although NLMC commends the inclusion of the first Latino bachelor on its The Bachelor reality dating show, unscripted talent overall dropped and is lacking at the network. NLMC was disappointed in the vetting of the 18th bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, who ended up perpetuating stereotypes with his sexist and homophobic remarks.”
“CBS’ numbers for unscripted talent have declined over the past couple of years. Given that most of these alternative programs are known as ‘reality’ programs, it is especially troubling that Latinos are not present at a rate that mirrors reality.”
“Fox is doing well with unscripted talent as well – it included Latinos in prominent roles as judges and contestants on its reality shows. Programs like American Idol included Latina entertainment mogul, Jennifer Lopez, as well as a Latina contestant, Emily Piriz. The popular cooking contest, Hell’s Kitchen, featured several Latinos as contestants, and on X Factor we saw many Latino contestants and judges like Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio and of course the host, NHMC Impact Award winner, Mario Lopez. NLMC would like to see more Latino participation on other shows like Master Chef.”
“NLMC is pleased with NBC’s increased inclusion of Latinos in reality programming. Latinos are appearing on shows like American Ninja Warrior 2 as well as comprising a good percentage of contestants on the beloved show, The Sing Off 4, which returned after being on hiatus this past year. The Voice had two seasons this past year that included Latino contestants as well. There is always room for improvement but NBC is looking in the right places for its reality contestants.”