We recently shared a list of shows we felt needed more diversity, and now a new report claims that adding more racial diversity is quite beneficial for TV shows.
A new study, "Hollywood Diversity Brief: Spotlight on Cable Television," by UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies revealed that more viewers were drawn to shows with ethnically diverse lead cast members and writers, while shows featuring less diversity attracted smaller audiences.
"Racial diversity does make a marked and measurable difference to television's bottom line," said Darnell Hunt, a professor of sociology at UCLA's College of Letters and Science and author of the study. "It's clear that people are watching shows that reflect and relate to their own experiences."
Here are 10 TV shows that boast some of the most diverse casts:
1. Diverse Cast TV Shows: Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation
The NBC comedy, which recently celebrated its 100th episode, includes actors Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones and Retta, who bring on a taste of diversity to the show.
2. Diverse Cast TV Shows: The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Christian Serratos and Lawrence Gilliard Jr. will be joining the already highly diverse cast come season four.
3. Diverse Cast TV Shows: Grey's Anatomy
Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson and Sara Ramirez are just three Grey's Anamtomy stars who bring racial diversity to the ABC hit show.
4. Diverse Cast TV Shows: The Closer
The TNT drama may have bid adios, but it was one of the most ethnically diverse shows on television featuring stars such as Raymond Cruz, Michael Paul Chan and Corey Reynolds.
5. Diverse Cast TV Shows: Falling Skies
The Sci-Fi series boasts ethnically diverse cast members such as Moon Bloodgood, Seychelle Gabriel and Mpho Koaho.
6. Diverse Cast TV Shows: Murder Police
Created by Jason Ruiz and David A. Goodman, this animated comedy features the voices of Justina Machado, Chi McBride, Penny Marshall and Horatio Sanz.
7. Diverse Cast TV Shows: Southland
Although canceled earlier this year, the TNT drama about a Los Angeles Police Department, included actors Mario Cortez, Regina King and Lucy Liu.
8. Diverse Cast TV Shows: The Bridge
FX's series about two detectives working together to take down a serial killer operating on both sides of the Texas-Chihuahua border stars Demian Bichir, Diane Kruger and Emily Rios.
9. Diverse Cast TV Shows: Disney's A.N.T. Farm
From China Anne McClain to Christian Campos, this Disney Channel kids' show features a highly diverse cast.
10. Diverse Cast TV Shows: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The new FOX comedy about a diverse group of detectives boasts a very diverse cast with stars Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Andre Braugher and Melissa Fumero, just to name a few.