› a measurement of the quality or success of something, or of particular features it has, especially when compared with other things of the same type: get/receive/be awarded a rating The game was awarded a five-star rating by Gamer magazine.approval/popularity rating The president's approval rating was around 60%. a high/excellent/positive rating a low/poor ratinga 30%/9 point/3-star, etc. rating Consumers gave the product a 7.5 point rating on a scale of 1 to 10.a rating scale/system There is currently a voluntary rating system in place for violence on TV.
› FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a calculation by a ratings agency of the level of risk of an investment or loan: cut/downgrade/lower a rating raise/lift/upgrade a rating have/maintain a rating A policy condition is that the securities must be rated in the four top rating categories by S&P or Moody's.
› INSURANCE a calculation by an insurance company of how much someone should pay for insurance, based on the level of risk involved: The proposed change in the city's flood insurance rating could reduce premiums by 5%. calculate/have/receive a rating
› COMMERCE, ENVIRONMENT a number or letter showing how powerful something such as a piece of electrical equipment is, how much electricity it uses, etc. so that consumers can compare products: These green mortgages are available only to those buying a new home with a high energy efficiency rating.
ratings [plural] › COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING figures that show how many people watch or listen to a television or radio programme: good/high ratings Advertisers seek out the programmes with the highest ratings for their main campaigns. low/poor ratings declining/improving ratings ratings go up/downratings battle/war The two channels are locked in a ratings battle. → See also AAA, average audience rating, Best's rating, bond rating noun, buy rating, credit rating, debt rating, fleet rating, hold rating, security rating, sell rating, Standard and Poor's