Four more years! Four more years!
CBS Television Distribution has rendered judgment, and sentenced Judge Judy Sheindlin to continue her popular daytime series "Judge Judy" for at least 21 seasons.
The daytime host has long held court on the highest rated daytime series, currently averaging 9 million daily viewers, more than any other show in daytime. This despite a major influx of new daytime talk programming in this, its 17th season, which saw "Anderson Live," "Judge Joe Brown," and "The Jeff Probst Show" come and go. Sheindlin has famously commanded a high salary for her efforts at $45 million a year, though financial terms of the new deal are unknown.
Since its debut in 1996, "Judge Judy" has been the top rated syndicated court show on television for a staggering 860 consecutive weeks. "We are grateful to Judy for her continued unparalleled ratings and her one-of-a-kind style. 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," CBS Global Distribution CEO Armando Nunez said in a statement announcing the deal.
Sheindlin added, "Twenty-one is a terrific number. 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."