Violence on broadcast networks carries milder parental cautions than shows on cable TV, according to a new study by the Parents Television Council.
Researchers studied 14 series during a four-week period and found a 6 percent difference in the overall incidence of violence of all types on cable versus broadcast.
According to the PTC, scenes of stabbings, shootings and rapes received a TV-14 label, or "parents strongly cautioned." But similar fare on cable typically was given the most stringent label, TV-MA for mature audiences only.
"There are zero-point-zero series rated TV-MA on broadcast," noted PTC President Tim Winter, despite programs rife with violent scenes.
Winter said it's crucial to study the media's effect on kids and real life violence, adding that he hopes the findings of the study will be part of a wide-ranging search for solutions.