Study Reveals Women Are Better Represented in Streaming Than Broadcast

By Jessica Lerner 

Women were overall better represented on streaming programs on screen and behind the scenes than broadcast during the 2021-2022 TV season, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, first reported on by Deadline.

In streaming, women comprised 50% of main characters, compared to 48% in broadcast.

The proportion of Black and Latina female characters in key roles on broadcast networks was greater than that of streaming shows, at 28% and 7%, respectively, while on streaming programs, it was 21% and 3%, respectively.


However, compared to broadcast programming’s 10% representation of Asian and Asian-American female characters in major roles, streaming programs had a greater percentage at 15%.

Behind the scenes, the proportion of women in important positions, including as creators, directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors and directors of photography, rose to 37% in streaming but stayed the same at 31% in broadcast programming.

On broadcast networks, the proportion of female creators increased to 29%, but it remained unchanged on streaming shows at 30%.

However, very few women were employed in key behind-the-scenes positions in any of the programs that were taken into consideration for broadcast or streaming: 92% of broadcast and streaming had no female directors of photography, 79% had no women directors, 72% had no female editors, 71% had no female creators and 65% had no women creators.