The host of a show that has been a juggernaut in first-run syndication appears poised to stay around for a while. Judge Judy Sheindlin, whose “Judge Judy” sits atop the rankings among first-run syndie shows, extended her deal with CBS Television Distribution through 2020.
Making the announcement Wednesday was Armando Nunez, president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group.
“Judge Judy” has been the top-rated show in first-run syndication for the past five seasons, and the No. 1 court show for 969 consecutive weeks, the company noted in its announcement. Currently in its 19th season, “Judge Judy” is averaging 10.3 million viewers.
The new agreement includes a first-look production deal with Sheindlin’s Queen Bee Productions, the producer of the top-rated new show in syndication this season, “Hot Bench.” “Hot Bench” has been averaging 2.3 million viewers.
Said Sheindlin: “I’m thrilled to be working with my CBS family for five more years, and very excited about this new adventure in production. I loved the experience of creating and developing ‘Hot Bench,’ and look forward to replicating its success with more new, compelling and smart TV.”
Nunez said of Sheindlin: “She is a true television icon, who entertains and inspires millions of fans each day on ‘Judge Judy.’ We look forward to continuing to provide our station partners with her highly successful show and to working with her to create the next generation of hits.”