Only 5 of the 27 scripted TV shows that aired this season on CBS featured lesbian/bisexual female characters. A total of only 8 characters, and 5 are now dead (that’s 62.5% dead).
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 and Zoo won the “Julie Plec TV Award” of 100% death rate, Under the Dome after killing off Carolyn and Alice and Zoo, which features no regular or recurring lesbian or bisexual characters, after using a 1 episode lesbian couple as their victims of the week.
Despite the abysmal rate of representation that is 8 out of over 500 total main/recurring characters that appeared this season (yes, we counted, and we are not taking into account the hundreds of guest stars) 5 of them are dead. With Person of Interest cancelled, only 2 regular characters are still alive (Malaya – Code Black and Bonnie Plunkett – Mom in which her sexuality is played for comedy ) 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.