The honourable Judge Joe Brown has let his gavel fall on daytime television for the last time. Daytime court show, Judge Joe Brown, is the second highest-rated court show in television history (behind Judge Judy of course), but it has officially been canceled by CBS.
In a statement released by CBS Television Distribution yesterday, they say of the cancellation: “We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show."
The most recent week for national ratings, reported just yesterday, had Judge Joe Brown pulling in a 2.1 household rating. This is down 16 percent from the previous week and a full 19 percent from this time last year. It is this decline in ratings that lead to the cancellation of the show. The show was in negotiations for a new contact over Brown’s salary, who has reportedly been making $20 million a year, but CTD is less than impressed with recent ratings and was looking to cut back his salary to compensate for the decline. Apparently the negotiations did not go well, as the show will not be returning for another season.
Judge Joe Brown is scheduled to run the remaining original and repeat episodes until September, when the time periods will likely be reprogrammed. However, Brown has already met with Byron Allen of Entertainment studios to discuss the possibility of continuing his show. It is unlikely that Entertainment Studio would be willing to front Brown the same salary he was receiving with CTD, but for those who are big Judge Joe Brown fans, here is to hoping they can work something out!