After 15 years, “Judge Joe Brown” has been canceled by CBS Television Distribution.
The popular daytime court show had been in negotiations for a new season. However, CBS Television Distributions wanted to cut Brown’s salary to offset the losses from the recent decline in ratings. Ultimately, negotiations fell through, and the series has now been canceled. Brown had reportedly been making $20 million a year under his previous deal.
“We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show,” said CBS Television Distribution, in a statement.
“Judge Joe Brown” averaged 3.4 million viewers daily in 2013, down from last year’s 4.1 million total. The show also took a big hit among female viewers in the 25-54 demographic, pulling in a below-par 1.1 household rating.
Brown first earned national attention as the presiding judge on the appeal of Martin Luther King Jr. assassin James Earl Ray. Though he was later removed from the case due to allegations of bias, he caught the eye of the producers and distributors behind the massively-successful “Judge Judy”. His show would go on to be the second highest-rated court show in syndication behind “Judge Judy”, and while Brown wasn’t daytime’s first African-American TV judge, he leaves behind a legacy as its longest-running.
However, Judge Brown may not actually be done yet. Brown has reportedly met with Byron Allen of Entertainment Studios about possibly continuing the show. Allen’s Entertainment Studios is well-versed when it comes to TV court shows, as the studio is responsible for “America’s Court with Judge Ross”, “We The People With Gloria Allred” and “Justice for All with Judge Christna Perez”. Though talks are underway, it’s said to be unlikely that Entertainment Studios would be able to match what Brown has been making under his deal with CBS Television Distribution.
“Judge Joe Brown” is expected to air in originals and reruns on the Fox-owned TV stations that currently carry the show until the series comes to an end in September.
Full story: The Hollywood Reporter