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April 16, 2007
- 54% of shows containing suggestive dialogue lacked the "D" descriptor
- 63% of shows containing sexual content lacked the "S" descriptor
- 42% of shows containing violence lacked the "V" descriptor
- 44 % of shows containing foul language lacked the "L" descriptor
- On ABC, 100% of the TV-14 rated programs lacked one or more descriptors.
- On NBC, 92% of the TV-14 rated programs lacked one or more descriptors.
- On CBS, 73% of the TV-14 rated programs containing sexual content lacked the "S" descriptor.
- None of the programs included in this analysis received a TV-MA rating, meaning all programs were deemed appropriate by the networks to be viewed by a child as young as 14, including (for example) an episode of
C.S.I. Miami in which a woman died of asphyxiation during an oral rape.
Descriptors Lack in Every Ratings Category
- 40% of all TV-G shows examined were lacking one or more descriptor
- 59% of all TV-PG shows examined were lacking one or more descriptor
- 79% of all TV-14 shows lacked one or more descriptor
The V-chip allows parents to block channels based either on the age-based ratings, or on content descriptors. Since 99% of all programs during prime time are rated PG or TV-14, blocking programs based on the age ratings would immediately disqualify 50-99% of all prime time broadcast programming. Content descriptors are inaccurate two-thirds of the time.
"While parents continue to be the first and best line of defense against inappropriate or indecent programming, the industry must be forced to step up to the plate and accept responsibility for the products it delivers to every home in the nation," Winter concluded.
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