Judy Sheindlin, host of top-rated syndicated daytime show Judge Judy, has signed a multi-year deal with CBS TV Distribution that extends through 2020. The pact includes a first-look production deal with Sheindlin’s Queen Bee Prods., which produces the Sheindlin-created Hot Bench, the top-rated new show in syndication this season.
Judge Judy has been the highest-rated show in first-run syndication for the past five seasons. Now in its 19th season, it is averaging 10.3 million viewers. Hot Bench, which debuted in the fall, is the No. 1 freshman show in syndication, averaging 2.3 million viewers.
“We could not be more excited to continue our longtime relationship with Judy,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group. “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.”
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.”
Judge Judy is a Big Ticket Pictures production and is distributed by CBS TV Distribution. Randy Douthit is executive producer and director. Hot Bench is executive produced by Douthit and Maureen FitzPatrick. Patricia DiMango, Tanya Acker and Larry Bakman comprise the three-judge panel. The half-hour strip is produced by Big Ticket Pictures and Queen Bee Prods and distributed by CBS TV Distribution.