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Why Judge Judy Is the Most Successful Judge on Television

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Recently, Judge Judy Sheindlin’s jaw-dropping salary was revealed. Most people couldn’t have guessed that the famous Judge Judy makes as much as she does. However, there seems to be a good reason for her large salary. Here are some facts about Judge Judy–including her incredible net worth.

A Long-Running Program

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Judge Judy has run for a stunning 22 seasons and over 5,000 episodes. It’s reigned supreme when it comes to court shows. It’s never even experienced a temporary ending or cancellation. In other words, it’s a hit–and in no small part due to Judge Judy herself.

Judge Judy’s Appeal

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Why do people love Judge Judy so much? Judy Sheindlin stays ruthlessly true to the facts. She’s straight to the point and won’t put up with excuses. She dispenses judgment quickly and resolutely, leaving viewers with a fulfilling sense that justice has been served. But that’s not all that viewers love about her.

Charisma On Command

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In addition to being forthright and decisive, Judy’s pretty funny. She’ll often employ clever insults without losing a step. Some of her more famous quotes include, “I’m here because I’m smart, not because I’m young and gorgeous, although I am,” and “If you live to be 100, you will never be as smart as I am, sir.”

High Ratings

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Judge Judy has garnered consistently high ratings throughout its running. Its ratings steadily rose after it debuted in 1996. They exploded a few years later, recording a 9.3 rating. It continued to go up and down from there. Recently in 2012, still proving its appeal, it recorded a 7.0 household rating.

Judge Judy’s Salary And Net Worth

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Given her tremendous success, you’d think that Judy Sheindlin would be pulling in the big bucks. And you’d be right. Judge Judy has an annual salary $45M–that’s just over $900,000 per workday. She has an estimated net worth of $290M. We can’t say we’re that surprised–she is the most successful television judge in history.

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