CBS TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION SIGNS JUDGE JUDY SHEINDLIN TO MULTIYEAR DEAL; #1-RATED COURT SHOW JUDGE JUDY RENEWED THROUGH 2012
CBS Television Stations first to reup syndicated hit
LOS ANGELES (January 28, 2007) - Judge Judy Sheindlin has signed a new multiyear deal with CBS Television Distribution to continue headlining her top-rated court show as JUDGE JUDY has been renewed through 2012, it was announced today by John Nogawski, President and COO of CTD.
"JUDGE JUDY is the unsung hero of syndication, consistently delivering fantastic ratings to our station partners, and we're really proud it's the only syndicated show growing year to year," Nogawski said. "The show's success is all due to one incredible woman - Judy Sheindlin. We couldn't be happier to have Judy in our family for years to come."
"I am thrilled to know that our program continues to be engaging and that our marriage to CBS will continue," Sheindlin said. "Of course, my children and grandchildren are likewise thrilled."
JUDGE JUDY has been the top-rated half-hour syndicated court show since its inception 12 years ago on Sept. 16, 1996.
This season, JUDGE JUDY is the only first-run syndicated show to grow year to year, up +7% in HH GAA% (7.5 vs. 7.0) and HH AA% (4.9 vs. 4.6). JUDGE JUDY tied its weekly season high with an 8.1 HH GAA% and set a season high in HH AA% with a 5.3 rating for the week ending January 13, the most recent week for which ratings are available. JUDGE JUDY's 5.3 HH AA% is its highest-rated week in almost 3 years (since 2/27/05).
CBS Television Stations has agreed to pick up the show through the 2011-2012 season. Stations include: WCBS (New York, market rank #1); KCBS and KCAL (Los Angeles, #2); WBBM (Chicago, #3); KPIX (San Francisco, #6); WBZ and WSBK (Boston, #7); KMAX and KOVR (Sacramento, #20); and WGNT (Norfolk, #42).
JUDGE JUDY is distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Randy Douthit is executive producer and director. Timothy Regler is executive producer. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp.