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Data: NBC leads black inclusivity with 30% share of cast

June 14, 2024

Gracenote, the content data business unit of Nielsen, has released a report quantifying the visibility of different racial, ethnic, gender and disability groups among primary cast in new 2024 TV programming on major streaming platforms and linear channels.

Tapping Gracenote Inclusion Analytics data, the report sheds light on opportunities for media buyers to invest in shows that authentically represent diverse characters and narratives to complement diverse-owned media ad buys.

With major streaming services and networks releasing new titles led by diverse talent, new opportunities for marketers to leverage ad inventory within inclusive programming open up. Gracenote ‘share of cast’ data quantifies cast representation among the top-10 lead cast members of programs across a range of dimensions and intersectional groups.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Hulu is the most inclusive in terms of Asian American Pacific Islanders with 32.2 per cent AAPI share of cast

  • Disney+ leads among streaming platforms and linear networks in terms of Hispanic inclusivity with 31.2 per cent share of cast

  • NBC is tops among linear networks and streaming platforms for Black inclusivity with 30 per cent share of cast

  • Paramount+ and CBS are roughly even on LGBTQ representation with 9.2 per cent and 9 per cent share of cast, respectively

  • Fox leads among linear networks and streaming platforms for disabled inclusivity with 11.3 per cent share of cast

Focusing on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) characters, 68.5 per cent of this year’s premiering TV content overall qualifies as inclusive according to Gracenote data. For streaming programming, the presence of BIPOC characters jumps to 75.3 per cent. So, the outlook for diverse content slated to premiere this autumn looks promising.

“The Gracenote report captures useful data and insights that can be applied across strategic planning, media buying and activation, reporting and analytics,” said Jennifer Garcia, SVP, Data Science and Research at Publicis Media. “From providing deeper insights on consumer media habits to helping us understand talent across the entire content value chain to providing additional opportunities for diverse content/creative investment where supply and inventory challenges exist, this report provides a robust overview of optimising diverse ad spending in TV.”

“The diverse make-up of primary cast in the new crop of 2024 TV programming holds the potential to help brands to make authentic connections with diverse audiences,” added Halleh Kianfar, Vice President of Product at Gracenote. “Gracenote Inclusion Analytics empowers media buyers to understand these opportunities clearly so they can make data-driven investment decisions on behalf of their clients and increase the inclusivity of their ad spending more broadly.”

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