Judge Judith Sheindlin and her hit TV series Judge Judy revitalized the courtroom TV genre when it burst onto screens back in 1996, and it's easy to see why. Sheindlin's hard-hitting facts and take-no-prisoners attitude was exactly what previous attempts at the genre (like The People's Court) were lacking.
Flash forward 20 years, and Judge Judy continues to draw in 10 million viewers daily, which is why Judith Sheindlin is one of the highest paid stars on TV. According to The Atlantic, Sheindlin gets paid $45 million per year for #JudgeJudy — and as a result, the #TV star only needs to work five days each month.
In other words, Judge Judy earns $865,000 per day.
Judge Judy continues to bring in high viewership despite being on the air for two decades. In this day and age, television series — scripted or otherwise — struggle to maintain viewers for a lengthy period of time. Moreover, with competition from top broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming services, it's becoming harder for networks to maintain viewers' attention, which is why they often go for bigger, well-known actors to front their new projects.
However, as a result, the networks have to fork out more money. For example, Robert De Niro is set to star in an untitled Amazon series from director David O. Russell and will receive $775,00 per episode. And when we're talking about the highest paid TV stars, we couldn't forget about the Game Of Thrones actors; Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey are all earning $500,000 per episode.
With Judge Judy still one of television's highest-paid stars, it's looking like her courtroom reality series will continue for years to come. You can bank on it — and so can she.