“Yeah, it's one of the highest-rated shows on the air.”

English Lesson: Yeah, it's one of the highest-rated shows on the air.

You're talking about a TV show with a friend. Your friend has never watched it and doesn't know much about it. He asks if it's popular. It is, so this is your answer.

Yeah, it's one of the highest-rated shows on the air.

Join PhraseMix Premium or sign in to listen to this lesson and 2,273 others!

Yeah

"Yeah" is a more casual way of saying "yes". 

Say this to agree with something that a person said:

Yeah, no problem.

Yeah, I actually did it myself.

You can also say "yeah" when you're going to disagree but you want to make your disagreement sound a little softer.

Yeah, but then it'll be blocking one of the outlets.

"Yeah" sounds less formal than "yes." 

(a TV show) is high-rated

TV shows get "ratings". Ratings in TV are the number of people who watch the show. A TV show which a lot of people watch is "high-rated", and one that not many people watch is "low-rated".

The word "rating" is really only used this way when talking about television. Usually a "rating" is like a score that an expert gives to a product, instead of the number of people who watch or use it.

a show

You can call a TV program a "show". For example:

Quiet! My show is on.

Have you seen that new show about the group of government agents who're all living together in a beach house?

(a TV show) is on the air

A TV show that is currently being shown is "on the air".

This might mean that new episodes of the show are being made and shown regularly. TV shows that have been canceled are not considered "on the air":

My friends and I would get together to watch Seinfeld every week back when it was on the air.

Or it might mean that the show is playing right now. So a news reporter might say to someone that she's interviewing:

You're on the air with Channel 11 News.