A majority of TV shows are not relevant to diverse segments of consumers and are, in fact, mostly inclusive and considerate of White, Non-Hispanic viewers, according to a new study by the Cultural Insights Impact Measure (CIIM™) from the ANA’s Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing (AIMM) and partner company CIIMatters. The AIMM study coincides with television’s annual upfront marketplace.
The report evaluated 146 broadcast, streaming and digital shows and networks across various segments including White Non-Hispanic, Hispanic (by acculturation), Black, Asian English, LGBTQ+, People with Disabilities. Using the proprietary CIIM™, the study found that:
51% of shows ranked in the bottom quartile amongst Blacks/African Americans and Hispanic English
44% of shows ranked in the bottom quartile amongst Asians
In direct contrast, White Non-Hispanics ranked those same shows in the top quartile, showcasing the fact that programming today does not have the cultural insights needed to connect with other segments
Streaming platforms delivered the majority of effective individual shows. Although, major endemic networks, such as Univision, OWN and BET proved to lead the way when all content was considered. The highest rated general market network was NBC. Top shows in the study included:
White Non-Hispanic: When Calls the Heart (Hallmark)
African American: Sunday Best (BET) and Greenleaf (OWN)
Hispanic English: House of Flowers (Netflix)
Hispanic Bilingual: Mira Quien Baila (Univision)
Hispanic Spanish: Pequeños Gigantes (Univision)
Asian: Killing Eve (Hulu)
People with Disabilities: Special (Netflix)
MC&I: House of Flowers and Blood and Water (Netflix)
LGBTQ: The Fosters (ABC Family / Hulu)
“With CIIM™, we’re shifting the way in which the entire industry approaches inclusivity and understands its impact on business and society,” said Carlos Santiago, AIMM Co-Founder and CIIMatters Partner. “Not only is this the ethical way forward, but it makes great business sense. As network upfronts approach, this analysis provides advertisers with crucial insights needed to maximize the impact of their efforts, while offering networks the opportunity to tailor their content to reach specific viewers and create more valuable advertising space for brands.”
More than 250 brands and 150 companies currently use CIIM™ to optimize content relevance impact by exploring the intersection and impact of reach, representation, relevant and ROI. In fact, according to Gail Horwood, Kellogg’s Chief Marketing Officer and AIMM Board Member, “in Kellogg’s sales attribution tests, consumers perceptions of authentic cultural representation impacted our campaigns’ success by 47%. The CIIM tool proved to be so valuable to us that we have integrated it into our marketing process for all creative.” AIMM feels that this shift is a direct reflection of society – and its increased cultural diversity.
AIMM continues raising the bar and holding the industry accountable by addressing social inequities and taking action to enact change. It recently published a pledge signed by over 100 marketing executives to support the AAPI community and end hate in all form. And last fall, the organization issued a powerful, star-studded PSA during the primetime Emmy awards to encourage Hollywood to do more to promote authentic cultural representation and celebrate the anniversary of its #SeeALL campaign tied to this mission. The spot was supported by an industry letter stating that, moving forward, marketers would evaluate the inclusion and fair representation of segments before allocating media dollars to shows and networks.
“For too long marketers and the entertainment industry have overlooked the power of accurate cultural reflections,” said Bob Liodice, CEO of the ANA. “CIIM™ has the power to be a catalyst for societal change, encouraging the entertainment and ad industries to deliver fair representation and diverse portrayals on the screen so that they can better reflect those in front of the screen.”