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Peacock pecks at primetime religion

What if God was watching … NBC?

The Peacock takes the prize for least Godlike network, according to the Parents Television Council, which analyzed 2,385 hours of primetime programming on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Pax, UPN and the WB.

Peacock blew away all competitors, portraying faith and religion in a negative light 9.5 times for each positive depiction, the council says. Org declared NBC the “decisive leader” in the study.

Fox came in a distant second in the anti-God race, tallying 2.4 negative portrayals of religion for each positive.

CBS — fueled by “Joan of Arcadia” — was the most Godlike of the major networks, serving up two positive depictions of faith and religion for every negative depiction.

Perhaps not so surprisingly, Paxmanaged to avoid a single negative depiction of faith in more than 2,000 hours of primetime.

The rest of the networks were close to breakeven on God, with roughly the same number of positive and negative depictions.

“This study shows a clear disparity between the religious beliefs of most Americans and how these beliefs are reflected in television programming,” says NRB prexy Frank Wright.

Perhaps looking to boost its pro-God ratio, NBC this spring launches “Revelations,” in which in which a doctor must “let go of scientific facts and embrace faith.”


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