1 measurement of how good sb/sth is
ADJ. high, top | low, poor | overall The overall performance rating puts the new model well ahead of its main rivals. | approval, opinion poll, popularity He has the highest opinion poll rating of any president this century. | performance | credit Most countries try to preserve their international credit rating in order to secure necessary loans. | personal
VERB + RATING have | assign (sb/sth), give (sb/sth) | achieve, earn, get, receive, score The university scored a top rating among students. | preserve | improve
RATING + VERB climb, improve, rise, rocket, soar The president's ratings have suddenly rocketed. | fall
RATING + NOUN scale, system
PREP. in a/the ~ a drop of 50 points in her personal rating | ~ for The resort got a low rating for children's facilities. | ~ on The judges gave her the maximum rating on style.
2 ratings: number of TV viewers, etc.
ADJ. good | poor | audience, TV
VERB + RATING get, have At this stage the series was getting good ratings.
RATING + VERB go up, improve, pick up, shoot up, soar The ratings went shooting up overnight. | dip, fall, go down The programme's ratings have dipped sharply.
RATING + NOUN battle, war
PREP. in the ~s It has been ousted from top spot in the TV ratings.