'Judge Judy' continues to rule in ratings

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It’s still a standing-room only courtroom for the syndicated Judge Judy.

The long-running daytime strip featuring the gavel-swinging Judy Sheindlin just posted her highest-rated week in 11 years. According to Nielsen data for the week ending Feb. 9, Judge Judy averaged 11.91 million daily viewers — her best audience since the week ending Feb. 17 in 2003. She’s also up 13% in viewers versus last year (11.91 versus 10.53 million).

Judge Judy first premiered in 1996.

When she’s not presiding over her arbitration-based court show, Sheindlin is also helping to find new shows for CBS Prods. The studio is running with an idea she recently pitched called Hot Bench, which focuses on a three-judge courtroom. It’s already been sold in 75% of the country.

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