The television industry employed fewer women in the 2010-11 season, with fewer females both in front of the camera and behind it, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Just 15% of the writers on prime-time dramas, comedies and reality shows on broadcast networks were women during the last TV season, compared with 29% for the 2009-10 season, the story says, citing a study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.
Even fewer were represented in the director’s role, where 11% were women during the past season, down from 16% in the 2009-10 season, the piece notes.
As for on-air characters, women accounted for 41% of all TV characters, down from a record high of 43% the year before, the story says.
The study, which has been undertaken since the 1995-96 season, found that The CW was the most realistic, with female characters representing 52% of its entire TV population, "in accurate proportion to their representation in the U.S. population," according to the study.
NBC had the lowest percentage of women on-air, with just 36%, the story says.