- 1[countable] a measurement of how good, popular, important, etc. someone or something is, especially in relation to other people or things The poll gave a popular approval rating of 39% for the President. Education has been given a high-priority rating by the new administration. The “Cosby Show” was the highest-rated network show with a rating of 26. see also credit rating
- 2 the ratings [plural] a set of figures that show how many people watch or listen to a particular television or radio program, used to show how popular a program is The show has gone up in the ratings. CBS is currently ahead in the ratings war. Topic CollocationsTelevisionwatching watch television/TV/a show/a program/a documentary/a pilot/a rerun/a repeat see an ad/a commercial/the news/the weather catch/miss a show/a program/an episode/the news pick up/reach for/grab/lose the remote (control) change channels surf (through)/flip through the channels sit in front of/turn on/turn off the television/the TV/the TV set have/install satellite (TV)/cable (TV)/a satellite dishshowing show a program/a documentary/an ad/a commercial/a prime-time sitcom/drama run an ad/a commercial/a movie broadcast/air/repeat a show/a program/a documentary/an episode/a series go out/air/be recorded live attract/draw (in)/pull (in) viewers be a hit with viewers/audiences/critics get (low/high) ratingsappearing be on/appear on television/TV/a TV show take part in a call-in/a game show/a quiz show/a reality TV show host a show/a program/a series/a game show/a quiz show/a (late-night/daytime) talk show be/become/work as a talk-show host/sports commentator/news anchor present the news appear/perform live (on TV)program-making do/film/make a show/a program/a documentary/an episode/a pilot/a series/an ad/a commercial work on a soap (opera)/a pilot (episode)/a sitcom write/produce a drama/sitcom/spin-off/comedy series
- 3 [countable] a number or letter that shows which groups of people a particular movie is suitable for The movie has an R rating.