After delivering its highest February sweeps numbers since 2010, a court show has been renewed through the 2016-17 season. Twentieth Television and the Fox Television stations announced the renewal today for "Divorce Court."
The show, which is marking its 15th anniversary season, is also set to return on Sinclair stations.
“Divorce Court” hit a four-season ratings high in February sweeps, surging 38% versus the comparable sweeps month a year ago (1.8 average in households vs. a 1.3). The show hit a seven-year high in total viewers, averaging nearly 3 million viewers during sweeps, up 49% from a year ago.
Stephen Brown, EVP of Development and Programming for the Fox Television Stations, commented: “In the current landscape where many shows have declining ratings, we are thrilled to have a long-running program on an opposite trajectory. Renewing the series was an easy decision to make.”
Presided over by Lynn Toler, "Divorce Court" is TV's longest-running court show, having first aired from 1957-1969. A reinvented version was on from 1985-1992, with the current third incarnation airing since 1999.