Social conservatives have criticized a new GLAAD report on gay characters on television.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) fifth annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI) gave ABC Family an “excellent” rating for its gay-inclusive programming.

GLAAD's report, released on Wednesday, found the cabler had positively depicted the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters in 55 percent of its original programming. Many of ABC Family's shows such as Pretty Little Liars and The Secret Life of the American Teenager are aimed at a younger audience. ABC Family scored 37 percent last year.

The CW also scored high marks on the survey, but CBS again ranked last among networks.

“For families who seek to follow Christ and earnestly live out their faith, there is nothing happy in this report,” said Dwayne Hastings, a vice president at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “Those who push for so-called homosexual rights and lobby for same-sex interests … have a powerful ally with deep pockets in the entertainment industry who are more than willing to use their media to recast the homosexual lifestyle as normative.”

“Unfortunately, many Americans are willing to allow Hollywood to manipulate their perspective on the world,” he added.

The Media Research Center's Culture and Media Institute (CMI) also blasted GLAAD's survey, suggesting the group had strongarmed the networks into broadcasting gay-inclusive programming.

“Note to TV networks: Don't even think about downsizing the disproportionate airtime you give gay characters and issues. The bean-counters at GLAAD are watching,” the group wrote. “So if it seems that you can't flip through the channels today without running across gay characters or story lines, you're right. You can't. And GLAAD's there to make sure of it.”