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Judge Judy to pound gavel through 2017

By Lynette Rice, EW
April 8, 2013 -- Updated 2033 GMT (0433 HKT)
Judge Judy attends the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 17, 2012 in New York City.
Judge Judy attends the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 17, 2012 in New York City.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Judge Judy's show has been on since 1996
  • Her show is now in its 17th season
  • She has the most viewers in daytime TV

(EW.com) -- Judy Sheindlin's court will stay in session through 2017.

The star of the syndicated court show Judge Judy has signed a new multi-year deal with CBS Television Distribution. Her show, now in its (remarkable) 17th season, averages more than 9 million daily viewers — more than any other show in daytime TV.

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For the last three seasons, Judge Judy finished as the No. 1 rated show in daytime. Naturally, it's also the top-rated half hour syndicated court show for 860 weeks running.

Her show debuted on Sept. 16, 1996.

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"Twenty-one is a terrific number," Sheindlin said in a statement. "It's when you officially become an adult, it's a winning hand in blackjack and it's the number of seasons we will have hit in 2017. I am so fortunate to have a job that I still love, working with a staff I respect and with a company who is at the top of their game."

See the original story at EW.com.

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