Study Finds Senior Characters Represent Fewer Than 10 Percent of Speaking Characters on TV

USC’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative’s latest study on inclusion in entertainment focuses on aging.

“Seniors on the Small Screen: Aging in Popular Television Content,” released Wednesday in partnership with the health insurance company Humana, examined one episode from each of the 50 most popular broadcast and cable series of 2016-17 among viewers age 18-49 as well as the top 50 shows among viewers age 65 and up. That resulted in an overlap of 28 series (including CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, NBC’s This Is Us and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy) for a total sampling of 72 shows.

Among the...
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