What are those kids watching, anyway?
TV Ratings Combine Two Separate Sets of Info. When TV ratings first appeared in 1997, network executives decided what they thought was appropriate for your children based solely on age. After intense public pressure, they added content labels to help parents make better-informed decisions for their own families. That means that each TV rating is now made up of two parts: 1) Age-Appropriate Recommendation, and 2) Content Descriptors. Age recommendations are listed at the beginning of a rating (for instance, TV-7, or TV-PG), while content abbreviations (such as “D” or “FV”) are listed at the end.