Only 3 of the 26 scripted TV shows that aired this season on CBS featured lesbian/bisexual female characters. A total of only 5 characters, and 3 are now dead (that’s 60% dead, which beats the 50% death rate on NBC).
Except for Person of Interest, where the lesbian character dies and becomes the voice of an AI (an “evolutionary step” of the Dead Lesbian Trope), none of them had significant storylines (although both Under the Dome and Code Black add to the kill count).
Impressively, Under the Dome wins the “Julie Plec TV Award” after managing to kill off all of the lesbian/bi women they introduced over 3 seasons (RIP Carolyn and Alice)
Despite the abysmal rate of representation that is 5 out of the 436 total main/recurring characters that appeared this season (yes, we counted, and we are not taking into account the hundreds of guest stars) 3 of them are dead. With Person of Interest cancelled, only 1 regular character is still alive (Malaya – Code Black) and there are currently 0 on screen relationships remaining.
We looked at primetime scripted TV shows that aired on CBS between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016. To qualify, a character had to appear in more than 1 episode.