Published On: Fri, Jun 8th, 2012

‘Judge Judy’ tops daytime ratings in first year post-Oprah

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The verdict is in: Judge Judy is the new queen of daytime TV.

When longtime ratings champ Oprah Winfrey ended her syndicated talk show last year, she left a void at the top of the daytime ratings heap, and the tough-talking Brooklyn judge with the fancy lace collar was all too happy to fill it. “Judge Judy,” now in its 16th season, averaged nearly 8 million viewers last month, which makes it the top syndicated program on daytime TV. And that’s not all: Those numbers actually represent a 3 percent increase from last year, and are the highest sweeps ratings “Judy” has ever earned.

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