What are those kids watching, anyway?
Identical Content is Not Always Rated the Same. Because each network rates its own shows, there can be discrepancies about what merits certain ratings classifications. Violence, in particular, has proven to be difficult to rate consistently. For instance, a recent study of 14 series over a four-week period found that TV shows depicting “scenes of stabbings, shootings, rape, decapitation and mutilation” were frequently rated differently on broadcast networks than on cable TV. Cable channels typically applied the more restrictive “adults-only” rating of TV-MA, while broadcast networks applied a softer, “teen-friendly” TV-14 rating.