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Why 'Judge Judy' Rules Daytime Television

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 16th 2010 11:00AM
Judge JudyWho's the queen of daytime television? It's not 'All My Children's' Susan Lucci or Oprah Winfrey or any of the ladies on 'The View.' Nope, the woman who rules daytime wears a long black robe and her name is Judy. That's right, 'Judge Judy,' who has been on the air for 15 years, is now the daytime diva.

In the recent May sweeps period, 'Judge Judy,' the syndicated courtroom reality show presided over by former jurist Judith Sheindlin, was the most-watched daytime show of all with nearly 6.4 million total viewers per episode. That's an increase of over 10 percent from a year ago and good enough to topple 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' from the top slot -- even in its final go-round!

'The Oprah Winfrey Show' averaged 6.2 million viewers in May -- down nine percent from last year. In distant third place with 3.8 million viewers was 'Dr. Phil,' which is produced by Winfrey's company, Harpo.

Oprah WinfreyAnd 'Judy' should face even less competition in the future, since 'Oprah' ends its run in September 2011. Winfrey will move over to OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network), though whether she'll host a similar talk show is uncertain.

What is it about 'Judge Judy' that makes it such compelling viewing? Well, as someone who's recently gotten into the daily ritual of tuning in to her courtroom, here's the reasons why Judge Judy makes my day.



1. She's smart as a whip.
It's not surprising that Judy is smart. She's like a wise owl who has been around and knows it all. When you see people come into the courtroom thinking they're oh-so-clever and have their cases all figured out, she sees right through them and tells them what's what.

They invariably get their comeuppance from Judge Judy. She's smarter than any person who thinks they're going to outwit her. And she's a legal eagle. You can only imagine how great she was as an attorney.

2. She doesn't suffer fools gladly. In other words, Judge Judy is unwilling to tolerate stupid people. She calls them out on their foolishness, and there's nothing as refreshing as watching Judge Judy identify a dumb situation or ridiculous plaintiff and cut them down to size.

For instance, a recent plaintiff tried to claim hundreds of dollars in custom rims and tires for his car as a gift. It was a gift he gave himself! Judy blasted him and refused to let him get them back in the suit. Judy and Byrd, her trusty bailiff, often share a good laugh over some of the more ridiculous participants.



3. She's an antidote to bull.
If you watch enough daytime television, you're liable to hear a lot of filler and malarkey. The cable news shows, for instance, are loaded with hot air. I love the soap operas, but they can spend a week on one scene or storyline, going over the same points over and over again. If you turn on game shows, you'll hear plenty of loud squeals and over-hyped happiness. Well, click on 'Judge Judy' for clarity.

There's no hot air or spin or hype. She tells it like it is whether people want to hear it or not. Today, as an example, she gave it to a woman who admitted to texting her boyfriend while at dinner with a friend. Going off on a rant, Judy wondered how someone -- anyone -- could be so rude. She added that texting in theaters, while others are there to see a movie, was distracting and disturbing.

4. She's got charisma.
Yeah, I mean it. I love watching Judy in action. She's hilarious! Her facial expressions, her turns of phrases, her asides to Byrd. The show is entertaining as hell because of her charisma.

If you were writing a fictional character with attitude and style and personality, you would create a Judith Sheindlin. She's like the Jimmy Cagney of TV judges, and that's pure star power.

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coachsock

judge judy has a lousy attitude

June 02 2011 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tyrone

ONLY IF IT EFFECTS WHITE PEOPLE
Rep. Ron Paul and other white control media that are complaining about searches at airports! Well in my opinion they are all hypocrites! Ron Paul said it shouldn't be once you buy a plane ticket you loose your rights! Well Mr. Paul you must not look at all the judge shows on TV! Especially Judge Judy! Anytime a litigant step onto the set of any of these Judge programs! They are subject name calling and being yelled at and sometime threaten with bodily harm! Mr. Ron Paul also does not live in America or is just playing STUPID! Has he ever witness black children as young as 8 years old in New York? Walking to and from school they are made to drop trouser and take off their shoes in full view of the public! Under New York Stop & Frisk program black are treated worse then in airport security! Before 9/11 blacks where 8 times more likely to be search at airports! Even given the fact that blacks made up less then 11% of all airport traveler! Where the hell was Mr. Paul for those Americans?? According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the searches are violating the rights of Blacks and Latinos who have done nothing wrong. City data obtained by the ACLU shows that in 2009, a whopping 253,000 pedestrians were subjected to "stop and frisk" searches. Only 8.4 percent of the searches resulted in an arrest but over 78 percent of those searched were African Americans. The bulk of the remainder was Hispanics. Ironically, the alleged discrimination against minorities is being carried out by a city with both a Black Mayor Michael Nutter and a Black Chief Charles Ramsey. Nutter has been subjected for month to widespread booing when he attends predominantly Black events and Ramsey was the former police chief in Washington, D.C. where he instituted several anti-crime policies which were controversial or resulted in lawsuits. Constitutionally, the ACLU is arguing that a citizen is not supposed to be subjected to a police stop and frisk unless there is "probable cause:" to believe that he or she has committed a crime. The searches in Philadelphia, however, are done pretty much at random.

November 19 2010 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tyrone

Am I the only American that thinks that Republicans are responsible for the downfall of economic horrible condition? And white people are willing to give power back to proven failure! White people gave America Nixon (resign as a failure) Reagan ( suffer from Alzheimer and refuse to resign) Bush (1) liar( READ MY LIPS) Bush (2) stupid ( Started a war in Iraq for nothing) causing American troops deaths for NOTHING! Turn a surplus into debt! Am I the only person that wonder why white people listen to Bill O'Reilly? A man that paid off a female not to sue him for sexual harassment and in my opinion a PERVERT! A man that has no respect for woman and NEVER really apologize to the woman he harassed! A man that has made racist and demeaning comments about all Muslims! On his show O'Reilly question President Obama's morals! And talked about convicted felons that he claims President Obama associate with. If O'Reilly believe what he is saying nobody should sit down with him as a PERVERT on his PERVERT SHOW! Am I the only one that wonders why white people are listening to Glenn Beck a alcoholic and a racist! This man facts are made up of racist innuendos! Hate and divide is the programs agenda! Am I the only person that wonder why Rush Limbaugh is not denounce by every American especially white Americans? After his statement that he wanted President Obama to fail and the country to fail! Am I the only person that saw the double standard when Boston Mass. resident voted in a Senator they thought was against President Obama Universal healthcare reform plan for all Americans! BUT Boston Mass. has state run Healthcare! Am I the only person that saw a racist double standard when Senator Obama's pastor was demonize and condemn . Call a racist and un American! A man that is a former Army and Navy veteran. Took care of former President L. Johnson while hospitalize! On the other hand Mitt Romney's church teaches that all black people are evil! He sat in his church over 15 year and continue to so and was NEVER denounce or demonize for doing so! He NEVER was told to get out of his church and denounce his pastor! Am I the only person that see Governor Christie of New Jersey as a bully and a idiot that in his first year in officer lost 400 million for New Jersey! Eliminated a project that laid off 6 thousand dollars and would have employed 40 thousand citizen! Does anyone but me wonder why white American call Governor Christie a hero!

October 29 2010 at 6:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tyrone

BULLYING PLUS PEOPLE IN AUTHORITY IN AMERICANS

Do you know when a teenager is lying...when their mouth moves...Male don't mature until in their 30! Men are stupid! Moron, idiot, stupid"you are a nut" " you are a fool" I don't see it" (referring to someone's looks) you don't look like you miss a meal" ( referring to someone's weight)! Do you take drug? You are a bum....your lazy for receiving welfare.....What is the nature of your disability! Are you stupid or are you just playing stupid?....One male litigant was refer to as"this Thing"!These are just some of the attacks and insults Judge Judy have stated towards litigant that have enter the courtroom for justice! Judge Judy is a bully with authority that abuse and disrespects her position! As a judge she is put in a position of authority and responsibility and should be of the highest in professionalism! SHE IS NOT! Judge Judy is a disgrace to the judicial system that has in place protocol for judges and litigants! Bullying in America is in the news but the reason for bullying has not been disgust! I truly believe that racism in America is a form of bullying especially if the bullying is combine with authority! White police officer in black neighborhoods have been historically bully! They have beat black people like animals and justify it. They have murder unarmed black adults and children and justify it! Because they are encourage to bully black and other minority! Bullying in schools have lead to suicide and murder because many is authority have dismiss claim and complain from victims! Now I mention Judge Judy but Judge Joe Brown and Judge Mathis both have threaten litigants with bodily harm from the bench! Are also bully and I must add ignorant! The question of the day..... Why are we as a people surprise that bullying in schools is a horrible problem among our young????? Look at what they see in adults in authority ...Look at what they are being taught and by who.... Look at programs like Maruy , Jerry Springer,Jersey Wives of Whatever" Real World" Parent Control" Jersey Shore" ...All these programs promote hate and bullying! White men in American Government have historically been bully's! Newt Gingrich is a old sick and truly disrespectful bully! Bottom line bullying in America can be associate with authority and many TV programs that promote bullying! Then look at Fox News Sean Hannity " Glenn Beck ' Bill O'Reilly all bully! In the case of Bill O'Reilly he is not only a bully he has no respect for women A TOTAL PERVERT! That has been sue by a woman that he sexually harassment!

October 22 2010 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JOEBTFLSSK

PHONEY JUDGE??? JUDY IS BUT A MEAN CONTROL FREAK--RUNS HER MADHOUSE WITH AN IRON FIST SUCH AS--SNAPPING "GET YOUR HANDS OUT OF YOUR POCKETS" AND SLASHES BACK AT THOSE WHO SAY YUP OR OH YEAH OR UH HUH INSTEAD OF YES---DON'T TELL ME SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT YUP MEANS--JUST A CRUEL MEAN STREAK CONTROL BIT FROM THAT NASTY BITCH--SIDDOWN SHUDDUP AND GET OFF THE CIRCUIT YOU NASTY MEAN FOUL CONTROL FREAK. i HATE HER GUTS.

September 23 2010 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jo Ann

JUDGE JUDY STINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOWEVER, YOU CAN TELL HOW EGO HAS TO BE CONTINUALLY FED-SHE IS ONE OF THE MOST EGOMANICAL PEOPLE I KNOW - MAY THE HIGHEST ON LIST.

June 24 2010 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lld

LOVE Judge Judy!! maybe if we had some people in office like her there wouldnt be so many scammers & welfare cheats pulling the crap that they do!!!

June 24 2010 at 7:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dsn9

I see nothing cute about Judy's big mouth. She is rude, she judges people by their looks, how they dress.
In my opinion she is a disgrace to profession. I think people watch her because they can't believe their eyes when she starts going off on people. When she talks to the bailiff he better agree with everything she has to say or else.

June 24 2010 at 1:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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