The Parents Television Council watched the first two weeks of TV's fall premiere season to study the use expletives. It did it this fall and it had done it for the same period in 2005.
What did it find?
Across all networks use of profanity on prime-time broadcast entertainment programming increased 69.3% from 2005 to 2010.
But to the grain: In the study released yesterday, PTC found that, by far, the most popular swear word on TV was a bleeped F-word. It found 156 instances of it, compared to a single instance in 2005. The word "hell" follows with 119 instances.
The least used profanity? "Douche" and "balls" are tied at one.
The Parents Television Council said it decided to take on the study in response to a Second Circuit court ruling, in which, as the SCOTUSblog explains, "the three-judge panel struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s ban on the day and evening broadcast of even single 'fleeting expletives.'"
We've co-opted the PTC's table of swear words on TV. But, because this is a family blog, you'll have to click here to get to the whole, uncensored list.