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February 26, 2010

Study: Most indecency complaints directed at Fox

Pie chart Fox garners nearly half of all indecency complaints filed to the FCC, according to a new study by SNL Kagan.

The study found 48% of viewers complaints are directed at Fox programming, followed by CBS (18.6%), ABC (18.4%), NBC (14.5%) and the CW (.5%).

Probably not coincidentally, that's also the usual ranking of the broadcast networks' popularity with young adults.

A "Family Guy" episode from March 2009 is responsible for the most complaints -- 188,368. In the episode, Stewie drinks horse semen instead of milk.

Also in the study, CNN, surprisingly, topped the list among cable networks as drawing the most complaints.

The study notes that while complaints filed against broadcast networks are directed at offensive content, much of the cable complaints are about objections to political material.

One quasi-exception: In the No. 2 position are complaints filed against the term "tea-bagging" on news programs.

Here's the list:



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