TV Rating System
The television content rating systems are a method of giving television viewers an idea of the suitability of a television program for children and/or adults. Many countries have their own television rating system. The process of rating differs greatly among the countries. Programs are rated by either the organization that manages the system, the broadcaster, or by the content producers themselves.
A rating is usually set per
individual television program. A common mistake is the assumption that a rating
for one episode of a television series, applies to all episodes of this series.
This is usually not the case. The rating can change per episode, network, rerun
and per country. As such it's impossible to state what kind of rating a program
has, without stating when and where this rating applied.
The TV Parental Guidelines system was first proposed in
the United States on December 19, 1996 by the Congress, the television industry
and the FCC, and went into effect on January 1st, 1997 on most major broadcast
and cable networks in response to public complaints of increasingly explicit
sexual content, graphic violence and strong profanity in television programs. It
was established as a voluntary-participation system, with ratings to be
determined by the individually-participating broadcast and cable networks.