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Judge Judith Sheindlin will be banging her gavel on daytime TV for the foreseeable future. The incredibly popular star of Judge Judy has signed a contract extension with CBS Television Distribution to keep the show running through 2017.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judge Judy is currently in its 17th season on air. It averages 9 million viewers a day, surpassing every other daytime show (and even some prime time programming as well). Since the show began on Sept. 16, 1996, it has been the top-rated daytime half-hour court program - an astounding 860 weeks consecutively and counting.
“We are grateful to Judy for her continued unparalleled ratings and her one-of-a-kind style,” CBS Global Distribution CEO and president Armando Nunez commented, reports Broadcasting & Cable. “She is truly the 'Queen of Daytime' and we couldn't be happier that she will continue her trademark sense of justice and humor with CTD and her stellar station line up through 2017.”
“Twenty-one is a terrific number,” Sheindlin added. “It's when you officially become an adult, it's a winning hand in blackjack and it's the number of seasons we will have hit in 2017. I am so fortunate to have a job that I still love, working with a staff I respect and with a company who is at the top of their game.”
Although financial terms of the new deal weren’t announced, THR notes that Sheindlin has previously been paid $45 million for starring on the show. Randy Douthit is the executive producer.
Sheindlin’s success is made more impressive because the daytime landscape has changed so much in recent years. Soap operas have come and gone and even CNN’s Anderson Cooper failed to bring in viewers. Judge Joe Brown, also from CBS, has been cancelled.