PTC Lists Best And Worst TV Advertisers

The Parents Television Council released its annual list of “Best and Worst TV Advertisers,” which catalogs companies based on the television content they chose to underwrite with their media dollars over the past year.

The Parents Television Council today announced the companies that it chose for its annual Best/Worst Advertisers List. The “Best” companies on this list have demonstrated willingness to support positive TV programming. Those companies on the “Worst” list have supported TV shows that routinely feature sex, violence, and profanity, and have not responded to calls to reevaluate their sponsorship behavior.

“TV’s influence does not end when the commercials are over,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Those companies on our ‘Best’ list recognize that fact, choosing to put their ad dollars towards supporting TV programming that is more positive and wholesome for families. And that’s no easy feat since there’s such a dearth of safe primetime broadcast TV shows for families to watch together. We applaud those on our ‘best’ list for taking seriously their responsibility towards families.”

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“We have found that companies on our ‘Worst’ list consistently sponsor primetime broadcast TV shows that feature extremely disturbing and harmful content and that are rated by the networks as appropriate for children. Some of those shows include: Family Guy, which over the past year has featured ‘jokes’ about sexually assaulting children; Wicked City, a serial killer-focused drama that routinely shows graphic violence and sex; Scream Queens, which shows graphic gore akin to R-rated horror movies.

“Companies can choose to change their sponsorships — and we urge those in the worst category to reevaluate their ad buys. Research shows that programs with high levels of violent or sexual content can actually repress the viewers’ ability to recall advertised brands. By contrast, subjects who watched ‘neutral’ programming were better able to recall the ads the following day,” Winter continued.

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“Finally, we ask Americans who are concerned about the effect of harmful TV content on children to use this list as they begin their holiday shopping, to reward the good ones and avoid the worst.”


PTC’s Best/Worst Advertisers List of 2015

 The list is arranged by industry, followed by the best and worst companies in each category.INDUSTRY







Nestle; Mondelez International (Trident, Dentyne, Bubblicious, Toblerone)

Mars; Wrigley


Sanofi; Johnson & Johnson

Bayer; Merck

Consumer Brands

P&G (Cover Girl, Luvs, Swiffer, Bounty, Tide, Crest, Pampers, Olay, Duracell, Gillette, Always, NyQuil)

Unilever (Dove, Axe, Lipton, Suave, Vaseline, Hellmann’s)


Coca Cola

Red Bull

Fast Food

Wendy’s; Dunkin’ Brands

McDonald’s; Burger King; Yum!




Office Supply

Office Depot



Helzberg Diamonds

Kay Jewelers


TJX (Marshalls, Home Goods, TJ Maxx)

L Brands (Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, La Senza)

General Retail

Sears; Walmart

Target; Best Buy

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Comments (4)

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Ellen Samrock says:

November 19, 2015 at 10:56 am

…or the mouse that roared and how advertisers stepped over it and moved on.

Shenee Howard says:

November 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm

The PTC does not reflect everyone’s values. It doesn’t mean they are right and I’m wrong, or I’m right and they are wrong. It means we have different tastes and television (linear and digitally) offer lots of choices. If one does not like a show for whatever reason – quality, content, etc. then we are the ultimate critic – we choose to change the channel. The PTC needs to recognize this and get over it.

Cameron Miller says:

November 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm

What gives the PTC the right to dictate what shows companies can and cannot advertise on?

Keith ONeal says:

November 19, 2015 at 10:06 pm

PTC needs to go away. To a galaxy far far away. And take PETA with you!

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