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Judge Judy to pound gavel through 2017

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
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.
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.
"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."