Judge Judy' tops daytime ratings in first year post-Oprah Are you surprised?
Kyle 2012/06/08 22:42:22
The verdict is in: Judge Judy is the new queen of daytime TV.
longtime ratings champ Oprah Winfrey ended her syndicated talk show
last year, she left a void at the top of the daytime ratings heap, and
the tough-talking Brooklyn judge with the fancy lace collar was all too
happy to fill it. "Judge Judy," now in its 16th season, averaged nearly 8 million viewers
last month, which makes it the top syndicated program on daytime TV.
And that's not all: Those numbers actually represent a 3 percent
increase from last year, and are the highest sweeps ratings "Judy" has
"Judge Judy," of course, centers on former family
court judge Judith Sheindlin (69 years young!) deciding small-claims
cases with her trademark brand of common-sense wisdom. And she gets paid
very well to do it: As of 2010, Sheindlin was already pulling in a whopping $45 million a year
from the show. As ridiculous as that sounds, with these ratings, it's
entirely possible she's actually underpaid. (Have you tried watching any
of those other courtroom shows? Yeah, we didn't think so.)
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