June 10th, 2010
01:27 PM ET

'Judge Judy' tops 'Oprah' in rankings

Oprah Winfrey is known as the Queen of Daytime TV, but in May, she lost her crown to one fiery Judge Judy Sheindlin.

In a victory for courtroom television, "Judge Judy" soared past "The Oprah Winfrey Show" during the May “sweeps” ratings period, ranking first in daytime television. The new rankings represent the ninth time in eleven weeks that Sheindlin has bested Winfrey in rankings.

"Judy" averaged 6.4 million viewers during sweeps, whereas "Oprah" pulled in an average of 6.2 million. "Judy's" viewership is on the up, with an average gain of 637,000 viewers since last year, while "Oprah" saw a net loss of 602,000.

This isn't to say that it's all bad for Winfrey - she still finished last month as the second-most-watched show in daytime television. After 25 seasons, "Oprah" will end its run in September 2011, when Winfrey will move on to her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

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  1. Waterbearer28

    JJ is surely a no-nonsense lady! She of course does a great job in passing her judgment and creating the perfect drama at the same time, which adds the element of fun / entertainment to her show.

    But being in the profession of Judiciary she should not overlook the fact that she is dealing with "humans" inside the court room and that she does not necessarily need to be so vocal about the character analysis she does for some of the defendants / plaintiffs (occasionally)....they are there to get justice and not to get belittled / humiliated in public, even if they are on the wrong.

    And oh yes! Those of you who are regular viewers might have noticed – there are these 2 women (one with tanned skin n green eyes & the other with black hair) who you would end up seeing on almost each n every episode; seated either behind the defendant or the plaintiff. I fail to understand why a tv show of such popularity has dearth of live audiences in the court room. Or are they hired???? 🙂 I have seen one of those 2 ladies as a live audience on the Judge Joe Brown show as well. May be that's her fav pastime!

    And let's not compare JJ's show with that of Oprah's – Jack fruits (Judy) & Oranges (Oprah) 🙂

    September 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lindsay

    Yay for Judge Judy!! She's No. 1!!!

    July 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JJ


    June 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lawyerx2

    I cannot believe the bar association she is a member of lets her get away with this behavior. She is unprofessional, ill informed (I have seen take judicial notice of 2 automobiles issues that were completely incorrect), arrogant . . . I know 15+ judges and everyone is appalled by her actions. She is an embarrassment to the profession and should be disbarred for her treatment of the parties in these matters – regardless of wheterh it is a TV show.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      She's professional. She's just not afraid to take a stand and tell it like it is instead of simpering like most judges. Also, like Oprah, IT-IS-SCRIPTED. Get it?

      June 14, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. chancie

    I LOVE Judge Judy! If we had clones of her everywhere in this country we'd probably see a drop in crime, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, and petty theft. We need more judges who mean business in this country! No more taps on the wrist.

    June 14, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. john mac

    We love America & Americans, so hard to add our two cents, however here goes... that this idiotic, adle-brained type of garbage merits 6 + million daytime viewers should make everyone cringe. This woman is a joke, a parody, a cheap cliché who beats up on your lowest common denominator citizens. Striking out at those most vulnerable ranks as entertainment ?? – a National embarassement is what it is.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. dee

    Threads such as this prove the need for someone like Judy. 80% of these posts are moronic, void of logic, completely ignoring the facts stated in the article. Ex: 'She only won because Oprah is in reruns'...idiots, these are May sweeps numbers-all new shows. Ex: 'Why does Oprah have more money? Judy is not a smart business woman.' – This is so dumb, I won't even address it. Even with something as simplistic as who topped ratings, you idiots can't follow a 2 paragraph story. No wonder Judy has to rip someone a new one everyday. This country is filled with a bunch of non-thinking morons. Challenge yourselves and activate your brain cells...those of you who have a few.

    June 13, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Susan - Canada

    To everyone who says Oprah's in reruns...you are correct, but she was not in reruns in the month of May, which is when the sweeps are. Her reruns just started in the month of June. She will not be returning with new shows till September or maybe even October, which is when her new season started last year. I love Oprah and have watched her since she has been on tv (worked all those years, but recorded her and watched when I had some time to myself) and the few times I saw Judge Judy, I also liked her as well.

    I just don't know what I will do without "my Oprah fix" at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoons (now that I am retired). I just hope they don't put a talk show on that has multiple guests that are selling their new movies or books, etc. Yes....Oprah has guests who do the same, but at least most of the time, she at least gives them the full hour, not shows like the View, etc. where they're lucky if they get to talk 5 minutes. Oh well....I will miss Oprah!

    June 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Babs

    This is simply terrible. Why not the news?

    June 13, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sasha

    What is impressive is so many people watch both shows, not that daytime t.v is required learning, but at least both women teach people to take responsibility for their actions, to be honest, to treat others with common sense and common dignity. I comment because I know that school age children watch Two and a Half Men afterschool and they would be better off watching one of these shows.

    June 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    This just goes to show that the world has tired of Oprah's pomposity.

    June 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shistar

    Didn't see that one coming XDD

    June 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kimee

    I LOVE JUDGE JUDY! I have been watching her since the first day she came on. I have her on DVR and wait until the kids to go to bed so that I can watch her in peace!


    June 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. EmCee

    Both a perfect waste of time .....

    June 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Liz

    Not much else to pick and choose from to watch if you want to watch tv.

    June 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. sanjose Mike

    I enjoy the "show" for the entertainment value it has. She does hit those who create lots of children with different fathers and mothers, go on welfare and don't pay for them. But she always berates her "guests" for not understanding or knowing the law. This is preposterous, because none of them are her intellectual or educational equals.

    There are reasons why she does not permit lawyers on her show to represent their clients: Because those counsel know the law and can call her on it...and disagree. I personally have never seen a person on the show in front of her who has an IQ over 100.

    Yes, it makes good entertainment. But it would also be interesting to see her have to spar with someone who was at least her equal. There are millions of people in NYC, who are well educated and are as smart as she is...or more.

    But you will never see them on her show. Ever. And yes...sometimes she is wrong...about the law.


    June 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Arch

    I wish Judge Judy has an hour show. Oprah's show is becoming boring... with all the "How to" and celebrities interview.

    June 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Wayne

    Wow great responses here reading through some of the replies. Lots of great points made being positive or negative.
    Robert Fellows – Has some interesting points as do others. And then utopian indigent's point "she is increasingly decreasing her own relevance through a growing bias shown in her selection of lobbies.". Truth is I love Oprah just as many other people may. But no one is perfect and people tend to stray sometimes and later may return to their sense.
    It happens. I recall Howard Stern doing off about Oprah and how she sold out and how she is all about advertising and all of this. But she tries to give back ona huge scale in her own way. That's always admikrable. The problem is who are being given and why? There are poor hungry people all over the world and thanks should be giving and honorabed with the musicians who help raise so much money to help people. Oprah has had her time at the TOP.. She did it for Sooooooo many years... She's already proven her self. It's always easy to judge another person. The way they judged Micheal Jackson or Elvis. I remember Elvis's body gaurd sating don't judge unless you walked in their shoes.
    We can all form opinions. Negaive one day and positive the next. No one is perfect.

    Andrew Said: "Annoying and television is brianwashing for the masses." That's true but the reverse it true too. There are great educational shows. Just look at Discovery Channel. I wish I could of learned all that of the Tube when I was a child. Some reality TV takes you right inside of things you would have not known before. Has it bad point to but the technology is amazing.

    This blog was about rankings. So Judge Judge has Out Ranked Oprah. The question is WHY??? They would not have posted this article if it were not true but on what merits? And I think the people have givin great feed back but I say this because I wonder in what way did they come to this determination. Soley on ratings. Personalities??

    Thanks or posting the article. I read one of Judge Judies books once and admired it. Great sesable advise was given.

    June 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Andrew

    They are both extremely annoying and television is brianwashing for the masses.

    June 13, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  20. utopian indigent

    I've never seen a Judge Judy show where here conclusions were inaccurate. That takes some doing. It speaks to tour soceity's thirst for something it understands less and less of: justice. It also displays the low moral of the real non 'news-worthy" soceity out there.

    As for Oprah, she is incomparable. However I think she is increasingly decreasing her own relevance through a growing bias shown in her selection of lobbies.

    June 13, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  21. orion

    It will be nice when a woman commands top ratings during prime time. Unfortunately,it's still an old white man's world.

    June 13, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  22. Janni


    June 13, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  23. Noti

    I have a job so I don't watch either. Sounds like from the posts here many of you don't have a job. Go get one and quit watching either of these crappy shows. Either that or turn off the television and get outside.

    June 13, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  24. Robert

    I'd rather have Judge Judy who is always the same person instead of Noprah who chabges form ghetto, black vernacular and then to proper English depending on her guest. Noprah is boring and JJudy is entertaining although I may not agree with her all the time, she is excellent. Noprah is boring, I am NOT white in case you're wondering...

    June 13, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  25. Fdksi

    Criticize Judge Judy all you want because she's laughing all the way to the bank. She's in the middle of a 4-year $100,000,000 contract! Hey, if I was making $25 mil a year, you could trash me on message boards like this all you want. 😉

    June 13, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  26. Feldman

    Both Oprah and JJ are phoney as all git out. JJ is actually slightly less phoney. Oprah needs about 850 people to produce an hour of over-hyped daily TV. Her interview skills are weak, her focus is often inappropriate but people watch because she humiliates people in a nice way. Judge Judy Judy Judy humiliates people in a much nastier way!!!

    June 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Cindy Willson

    I love Judge Judy. If only all judges were so smart. Especially in the juvi courts.

    June 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Bill

    If both of them are down at the bottom, which they are on my list, then if Judge Judy comes before Oprah, then it means Judy is 99th on the list, and Oprah is on the bottom at #100.

    June 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  29. bobbob1

    Oprah is terrible. She is phony, phony, phony. I'm glad another show is more popular, although I have to wonder why ANYONE would be at home watching TV during the day in the first place. Don't you people have jobs or school?

    Daytime TV is programmed to appeal to the lowest and slowest of the population ... welfare mothers and shlumpy 60-year-old women who collect beany babies. These people were the same ones who supported Hillary Clinton in the last election. These people are SCARY. You think government spending is too high now? If these people were in charge they would be handing money to ANYONE with a sad story and an outstretched hand. And the working middle class would be paying for it all.

    June 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Rainmaker

    That's 6.4 million idiots out of a nation of 300 million. Good to see that so few folks watch daytime TV.

    June 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Deborah

    Congratulations Judge Judy!

    June 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  32. CALVIN

    I really can't belive this about JJ. I among many can not stand to watch her, she is very rude and bullying. I watched her a few years ago and also found her to be somwhat partial to hispanics & blacks.

    June 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Deven

    Oprah milks peoples' drama and sympathizes...creating an expected reward system for drama queens running amok throughout the land. Judge Judy puts the kabash on that!!

    June 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. John T

    Well no shock really. Oprah is a good entertainer but usless as an information provider. The sooner she is off the air the better.

    June 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  35. JR

    We need more judges like Judge Judy in the courtroom. I think she should also be President of the USA

    June 12, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  36. zepplin

    both are the worst waste of time besides American Idol and Dancing with the Stars...television is such a huge wasteland that could have truly been helpful to the American people. instead we get this drivel that occupies the time of slackers and people who could be much more productive with their lives...turn it off....read a book, go for a walk, help you neighbor, take out the trash....but stop wasting your lives with this diversion that keeps you from your lives...turn it off!

    June 12, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  37. Steve

    For the critics of Judge Judy: PLEASE ignore her advice. Love to see you on the next show.
    Fathers – don't pay your child support. Businessmen and women – screw the customer with impunity. We have a real opportunity to rise to a new low. C'mon folks – you can make attorneys richer. Let's get going!

    June 12, 2010 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  38. Simon

    Both shows are horrible and are catered to people with low intelligence levels.

    June 12, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  39. Guest

    This is a joke..c'mon people..that is a tv show..she's not even a real judge. "Good advice"? that explains why America is full of idiots!!

    June 12, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  40. Denise

    What happened to my comment? I must be on some kind of more or less religious Index.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Robert Yarush


    June 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  42. April

    Maybe its because Oprah is a big Obama supporter. That's when I lost interest.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Charlie

    I am a man and I like Judge Judy.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Ralph Steadman

    One more thought. I did think Oprah was a really great foil for both Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil.
    Without Oprah both these guys are suffering. Dr. Oz has turned his program into a game-show and Dr. Phil is basically unravelling.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Ralph Steadman

    This is big news. An ageing and rather yappy fake judge whipping the legendary Oprah, Queen of Talk.

    Actually, the last few years Oprah has been quite scattered. She really doesn't listen to her guests and the front end of her show has no relation to the middle or the end.

    Production values have dropped some on Oprah. She can no longer rely on solid contributors like Nate, Dr. Oz, Phil the Thrill or Gayle King as they've all gone on to other Oprah backed shows.

    Interview wise, Oprah is not even in the same league as Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Katie Couric, quite a few more. She's bailing out at the right time. Another year and her show would be gawdawful.

    I want to put a plug in for who I honestly believe will be the next Oprah – CNN's Brooke Baldwin..... very earnest, extremely presentable, not flippant and weird like other CNN women like Anderson Coopers' old cohort from latenight, who's now on CBS.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • klev

      This is nothing new. Judge Judy has beat Oprah lots of times in the past even back in the 1990s. Judy is a court show. Oprah is the #1 talk show, not the #1show on all of TV. I think Oprah is a good interviewer. She did a masterfol job with Jay Leno & Fergie.

      June 11, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Adam

    Judge Judy is a sycophant, it is no surprise she is popular with Americans.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • LoveJudgeJudy

      Do you mean psychopath???? Look up the word in the dictonary and know how it is spelled and know what it means before you use it.

      Judge Judy is entertaining and that is why she has high ratings. She puts down the people who don't tell the truth. She drills them so that they say the truth and she eventually catches them in a lie. She makes them look like the fools they are. That's fun to watch. Sometimes I think she is too harsh on some people, but mainly she is harsh to those who try to put one past her. If you don't like her, don't watch her! Plain and simple!

      June 13, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  47. Deirdre

    I love Judge Judy. I am a univerisity graduate, don't live in a trailer and am not Rebublican . I have disagreed with a few of her decisions but respect her no nonsense , tough love and sometimes very understanding approach. I met her in a grocery store in Naples, Florida , where she lives . She was down to earth and charming . People watch her because they can't believe so many people can create the problems that they have and can't solve them before they come to court.
    On the other hand Oprah has changed . A person is really smart when they accept they know very little about alot.Oprah has developed into condescending know it all with cult status. Her common touch has gone the same way as her Angels Charity .

    June 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Larry

    I Tivo JJ every day....my favorite is when she asks someone a question, and they reply with "ummm"...and she quickly snaps back "ummm is not an answer.' I don't know if her lines are written for her, if if she makes them up herself...but they are classic. Keep goin Judge Judy...if your entire series of episodes come to DVD, I'm buying them all!!

    June 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  49. AngieBaby

    A train wreck chase might beat Oprah – does that mean it's better??I've learned ratings mean very little in terms of quality. I love Oprah and I like Judy but to compare these two women is ridiculous. They're very different shows.

    June 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  50. voodoo

    i'm not a man, i'm an african-american woman.

    June 11, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Fran

    Wow, so many men hate Judge Judy. Is it because she tells it like it is? I just wish she was the judge Charlie Sheen had to stand in front of.

    June 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  52. voodoo

    i'm just glad someone finally beat Oprah at SOMETHING. i can't stand her. she thinks she's the Messiah Himself.

    June 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Terry

    Truly pathetic that Judy or Oprah is at the top. Shows the mentality of the average American woman.

    June 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Robert Fellows

    Wow, so many haters when they see a strong woman ripping idiots to shreds, looking for any reason to condemn a smart judge when she kicks Oprah's ratings ass.
    Somehow someone who rips people who don't tell the truth, who treat their kids badly, who game the system... she's bad, even though court shows save our own communities money by taking frivolous lawsuits out of the court system and putting them on TV. But Oprah, who lets Tom Cruise jump on her couch, screams JOHN TRAVOLTA like he's done anything of worth at any point in his life... or giving cars to everyone in her audience, or bringing that dick Doctor Phil into our lives, ... but at least she gets people to read.
    I like both women, personally, but I prefer Judge Judy because she's freakin' hilarious. I also like watching news, while others watch Snookie screw the Jersey shore. It's all very inconsequential. Congratulations Judge Judy, enjoy your reign.

    June 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Nick

    Message to James T –
    Actually I don't watch it, I was simply making a point. I didn't say anything insulting to anyone in the process but now I'm going to. First of all, If I did watch Judge Judy I would hardly call it a "perversion." And what is a box of "entermanns?" I don't spend much time "on the couch" I am actually very active, and probably look far more appealing than you. My income level is probably ten times what you make. Go back to your bedroom in your mommys house. And you can go shave your back hair now!

    June 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  56. dont care

    Oprah is an ego freak pretend person who should leave the Chicago area asap

    June 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Sandra

    Yeah Judge Judy, I always thought her show was the best court case show, hands down. She is a very intelligent , discerning woman and she NEVER lets her like or dislike of a person change or sway her decision. Good for her! I am glad America is finally coming round to realizing the gem they have in Judge Judy!

    June 11, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  58. JULIE

    I love Judge Judy, watch her every night...

    June 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  59. ABK

    I would take Judy Judy over Oprah any day! I'm actually stunned and embarassed that many women look up to Oprah like she is some type of god. They take her word as bible. Give me a break. She has made millions on the weak minded women. Get a life!

    June 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Anna

    I've read people who claim that JJ is mean, nasty, and constantly yelling. Uh....what should she be? Super sweet? We need judges that can be both professional yet not afraid to tell those on trial to "cut the crap", especially when you know they're lying (as in what they're saying doesn't make sense).

    Yes, JJ is scripted. So it talk shows like Oprah and Jerry Springer. Even news is scripted (to a degree). EVERYTHING'S scripted anymore. Even "live" stuff.

    Long Live Judge Judy.

    June 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      *So are talk shows like Oprah

      Multi-tasking at it's best.

      June 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • gala

      Oprah & Judge Judy are not scripted. The show has a general outline, but it's not scripted.

      June 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Gala: It's still scripted. If you have a "general outline" of something, it's still scripted.

      June 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Emjay

    Never miss her! Love the JJ!

    June 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  62. junk tv says

    any judge on tv who takes on jerry springer style cases will always beat out intelligent conversation in america.

    June 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  63. CATom

    Judje judy beats out oprah to see who is the most annoying b*&^$) on tv. Honerable mention goes suzzy (manhater) orman who doles out useless financial information to retards.

    June 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Debbie

    huxley, they don't keep her on there because she's beautiful, they keep her on there because she's smart, pay attention!

    June 11, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  65. huxley

    She is GREAT . love her showand really pretty ladie. If I were single .

    June 11, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  66. Debbie

    Bart you don't want me to make you look foolish in front of a million people do you?? PUT YOUR HAND DOWN! Dumber than a box of rocks, come on I have other things to do today, see I'd make a good Judge Judy!

    June 11, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  67. bart

    Being from the court system I have to say that the kind of judge that Judge Judy is is not like any in the real world court system. If judges would talk to people in court like Judge Judy the law suits would be twice as many as there is in this world. Judge Judy is a show (entertainment) and vulgarity as far as I am concerned. Judge Judy has so many opinons but non on how a LADY should talk and act while in public. Her court Keep it

    June 11, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  68. Bea

    Judge Judy rocks! I love her! She minces no words and tells it like it is! Oprah on the other hand..........haven't watched her in years.........she likes to remind people too often that she has a lot of money! Have no respect for her for a long time!

    June 11, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  69. Jaycee

    If any of you Judy bashers & Oprah fans think that watching Oprah gives you class, think again. People in her audience, and I must think that some of her fans out in TV land, act like she is Jesus. She walks out on the stage and these ladies who are primped to the nines just go to pieces with excitement, pleasure, and anticipation. I think if they had to choose between her and God, it would be ugly. People are soooo easily led........ And yes, people like Judge Judy because she doesn't put up with any crap, and treats some people like the idiots they are.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • felama

      Jaycee you complain about Oprah fans being easily lead, meanwhile you worship Jesus and believe in God so how does that make you any different? There's never been any evidence that God exists. Religion is just a tool to manipulate the gullible masses and keep them in line. You are the one who is easily led.

      June 11, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • bobbob1

      Oprah is a cult leader. Think about it.

      June 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Vicki

    The only reason, and I DO watch both, I think, for her taking the sweep for May, is the fact that Oprah has been running shows that have been previously aired. . . I love some Oprah, but don't really watch the "re-runs".

    June 11, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  71. azara

    The TV industry is laughing at Judge Judy. She's getting ratings higher than Oprah but Oprah makes $275 million a year while Judge Judy makes only $45 million a year. Judge Judy is being played for a fool and getting ripped off and taken to the cleaners by her smart TV bosses who are laughing at Judy as they spend the hundreds of millions she earns for them. Looks like it does say stupid on your forehead afterall Judge Judy. LOL!

    June 11, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Priscilla

      Azara, I heard this last contract she signed is $100 million/year for 4 or 5 years.....if true,and I believe it is, she's making more than 2 1/2 times Opra's yearly salary. She deserves it with over 40 years total in her line of work, so if you qualify for a job like hers,you can make the same amount of money....if not, clam up!!!

      June 14, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  72. Common Sense

    What kinda retards watch either of these programs??!!

    June 11, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  73. Annette

    I think Judge Judy has a pretty good feel for people right off the bat, knows who is lying and who is telling it straight. That comes with years of experience. She is very perceptive, sometimes harsh, but there are times when you can see how she feels on her face, compassion for example. If she makes $45 million a year, then good for her. It does give you pause for thought on how money is dealt out in this country, though, doesn't it? We can give someone $45 million a year for 2 weeks a month of their time, but can not help people with no health insurance, properly educate our children, control gang violence and so many more things that would improve society and quality of life.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  74. Michael

    Looks like the viewing public is getting tired of self-righteous pandering in favor of the brutal truth. No wonder people hate Judy – they don't understand that stupidity should be confronted, not embraced.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  75. Wayne

    Well if they say so it's "probably" true to some extent. And comparing is sort of like comparing apples and oranges. They both stand up for what they believe in and they both are talk show hosts to some extent. I enjoyed watching the show many times over the years. Yes sometimes she get annoyed or angry with someone but it's American court room drama. Think Canadian court is a little different. But she is clear when she speaks and it's sort of reality TV so it's not so easy to judge it. She writes great books. Seems like a logical person to me. I like her character even when she fly's off the handle. That makes the show more exiting. It would be boring without it. It's like Chief Ramsey. A nervous cook master who is successful because he knows how to cook and on a professional level he delivers.But it works. And if so they would not be there.

    More popular than Oprah. Oprah has the respect of the world though. Other Countries look up to her. I think there is probably something to learn from judge Judy. Every show has times when it lacks some. But for the most part the show would not have the ratings if it were not popular and now they say she is more popular than Oprah. Well a congrats to Judge Judy then.

    Oprah went out and did shows on hand held devices and how they effect driving. She will be retiring and I think Judge Judy may just in fact be a good replacement for Oprah. Then when Tom Cruise jumps up/down on the coach.. I think truly judge Judy would fall in love with him anyways and Tom would get to have his cake and eat it too. All in a 1/2 taping.

    Peace & Love

    June 11, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Gwen

      Very nice blog.....except Judge Judy would never put up with that big phony, Tom Cruise for one minute. It doesn't take much to see through him but Oprah doesn't ever offend anyone that is one reason she is so popular.

      June 11, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  76. Chuck

    What do go Judy .. !! She reminds me of my mom ..

    June 11, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  77. mbell

    Judge Judy is an idiot. I can't stand anything about her: she's not smart, she hates men, she looks like a chicken – and what's up with that granny doily around her neck? C'mon people, her program is a sham. You'd be better off watching the TV when it's turned off.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  78. David

    Anyone who watches daytime TV is an idiot.

    June 11, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Lesley

      So being a disabled housebound vet watching daytime TV makes me an idiot? You speak English don't you? Say thankyou and keep your ignorant statements to yourself

      June 11, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |

    I love JUDGE JUDY...she is the best JUDGE on television right now. She rules her COURT unlike the other judges where the defendants/plaintiffs seem to control the court with Nonsense. JUDGE JUDY knows the LAW and that's why i am her BIGGEST fan of her show. i love that woman an i certainly love her show. I WATCH her everyday here in GA and I WILL CONTINUE watching her show. She is Fiery but FAIR...

    June 11, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  80. Patty

    If these two shows are the leaders, then that explains why this country is such a mess. Who has time to watch either? Don't these people work? Perhaps they record and watch later. The only time I ever watched Oprah was when Sarah Palin was on. I think Oprah is an egotistical, self centered narcissist and I just could not care less what she has to say. She fooled a lot of people with her "caring". I saw her for wht she is...a ruthless woman looking to get every penny she can before her luck runs out. She is generous and I will give her that, but I don't like her. I liked her less whe she chose to support that moron in the White House. As far as Judge Judy goes, she is rude and condescending. Things that happen on Judge Judy do not happen in a real courtroom.

    June 11, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • lasa

      Oh shut up Patty! When a white male makes a lot of money we call him a good business man but when a black woman dares to get rich you call her ruthless and greedy. Take a flying leap!

      June 11, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  81. Lance

    Judge Judy is just taking up the slack in trash television that Jerry Springer left behind. Trash has to go somewhere.

    June 11, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  82. Patti Hawthorn

    That is a Peach outfit not Orange. She would be pretty in any color.

    June 11, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  83. Carol

    Judge Judy has been around for years and has an excellent background and many years experience. People who think her show is a comedy and ridiculous are the ones that don't understand she has heard it all. She has such good common sense and wisdom that basically she can sum someone up pretty fast from her experience. The reason some people may not like how she rips into people is because of the excuses people have one after the other. There is nothing she has not heard and I am sure it gets very old real fast for her. She is very wise and very authentic. Keep up the good work Judge Judy and continue to enable people to take responsibility for their actions!

    June 11, 2010 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      Anyone with life experience can say the same thing Judge Judy says. I understand that she has an extensive background and this show is a cake walk and she deserves it. She paid her dues, but to put her on a pedestal and lavish such praise is uncalled for. She is human jsut like the rest of us and if you dug deep enough even Judge Judy would have skeletons. We all do.

      June 11, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Priscilla

      Carol, I agree with you 100%.A lot of her cases deal within the familys,ie:mothers suing daughters,brothers suing sisters,etc. With her 25-27 years in family court,I know she's heard it all, and she is an "expert" @ disclosing liars! Anyone who has raised as many children as she, and had so many teens,etc to come before her, it's a "snap" to tell when they're lying..... usually they lie when thier lips are moving !And these "so called "gifts vs loans" as unmarried couples live together for the usual time periods of 30 to 120 days before they tire of one another are so transparent, usually get "case dismissed" more than settled. It shows me how immature most age groups are,that rush into "living together" and argue over personal property such as cell phones, video games,I Pods, TV sets, computers,et all, I shudder at the thought that these same people are in the work forces of tomorrow that will shape the future of America!!
      In ten years or more,they will be in jobs that demand mature decisions and public chices that will send this country further down the tube than it is now!!! God help us.If she can shock or embarrass them into reality now; all the better for us and our children tomorrow. Yes, even JJ claims this show is entertainment,but it's also enlightening for us as viewers. JJ earns every bit of the money she gets for her work. Out of her own mouth many times,she staes that over 100 million are watching these "idiots make a fool of themselves on National tv. Would love to see her try some cases of our present politions on her show......but that's one area where they would finally use some common sense and never appear, too bad for us!!! Keep up the good work Your Honor, we love you and your wit and wisdom.....

      June 14, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  84. RAIN MAN

    after judge judy show is over all females turn the tv to oprah

    June 11, 2010 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  85. JudyLover

    One of my favorite Judge Judy quotes. One of the litigants was a very beautiful young girl who was dumber than dirt but used her beauty to get what she wanted from men.

    As Judy told her: "Young lady, youth and beauty are fleeting. But stupid is forever."

    June 11, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  86. 55Ramius

    I 99% agree with MIKE and Rob II. I don't find the show entertaining what so ever. But that's me. As for her abilities as a judge ,she may know a lot of law but only a moron would not see how she manipulates a show by jumping all over a person who is acting like a decent human being and trying to defend themselves. I have seen her over and over cut short a persons defense to make fun of something they said or whatever it takes to allow her to make a mountain out of a molehill for showmans sake. Judy?,your not God, or whatever you believe in.I refuse to label her a judge. Don,t watch if you don't like it? Well, I used to have dinner every Sunday with my mother before she died. She always watched the show while eating. I would get so irritated I could not finish my meal. I finally told her we either eat at a different time or I will have to leave when it comes on. If I was there pleading a case and she pulled her stuff on me, I would be in jail long time for charging the bench and believe it or not, I am not violent at all. Nobody in my life of watching tv turns my passive way inside out like her.

    June 11, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  87. betty carrington

    Good !!!!!

    June 11, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  88. gordo

    "Judge Judy tops Oprah"....those words bring hideous images to mind...please make them stop!!!

    June 11, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  89. tennesse mike

    why can't judge judy just go away. when a man HAS to leave home because of the crap on t.v. like judge judy where do you go so you say run down to the bar for a beer and watch a little sports or music vedios but no you walk in and whats on the tube damn judge judy or dr.phil. might as well just do away with t.v. if thats vest best a station can broadcast.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Sean

    @Mike at the top. Chill out dude. Can you let people like who they like without you tearing them down? I mean really, is it necessary for you to criticize everything? This is why comment boards on the internet get a bad rep. People like you who can't be happy for other people. You must tear everything they love apart. Chill. Out.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Sean.........you're absolutely right. Good on ya! People who don't like her .....don't have to watch! It's simple. The one's who complain and attempt to destroy her so desparately must be a bunch of dammed democrats!

      June 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |

    Judge Judy is seen world wide, I see her on SKY TV in Germany. It is a t.v. show and she provides good entertainment. So I suppose she is a judge working now as an entertainer. Its a fun show, I enjoy it . I want to look that good and have that fun of a job!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |

    Good for you Judge Judy!! Thank you for bringing Reason to an otherwise rediculous world!!
    Love watching you!! To bad you don't teach Parents before their kids get to you!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  93. DLJ

    Judge Judy ROCKS! There is nothing like watching her rip somebody a new one on her show!

    June 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  94. K Harper

    I am amazed how deep the conversation has gotten. lighten up people.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Knock Out

    Judge Judy rocks! Her show gives her audience a glimpse to how people really behave. I love when she nails a bully or thief, and makes them pay. Judy can really embarrass people that deserve to be embarrassed. She's fair judge and has great catch phrases. To the mental midgets out there putting Judy down, are you jut jealous? Woman haters? Hate everybody? Constipated? Fat? Ugly? Dumb? I can go on and on, but I even think the haters get were I'm going.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Neal

    I wish Judge Judy lived next door to me. If she did, I'm sure we would be best friends.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Rita

    "Beauty fades, dumb is forever". There are alot of young women that need to listed to that statement and understand it's meaning.

    June 10, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • brianCNN

      Rita: You wrote: "There are alot of young women that need to listed to that statement and understand it's meaning."

      Did you mean:

      "There are a lot of young women that need to listen to that statement and understand its meaning."?

      June 13, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  98. dave

    i always watch judge judy whenever i can . she is great and tells it like it is.

    June 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  99. ckesling

    @mike, you are so wrong, watch her a little more than 2 times... she was in the family court for 25 years and has been a judge for 40 years !!! she is a very smart wise person, thats why she is so loved !!!

    June 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Gogo

    Oprah just reeks now!!!! She is wayyyyyy too New Age and OLD news. Judge Judy is fresh and smart and full of grace and class.

    June 10, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  101. ckesling

    judge judy is the BEST.!!! i watch her 2 times a day... gooooo judyyyyyyyyyyyy !!!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  102. MD

    I love watching Judge Judy annihilate stupid people, and their stupid actions!

    June 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  103. stu

    i think their both darlings! but they aren't curing cancer. their salaries are criminal!

    June 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  104. EEKUS

    Before appearing on television, Judy Judy had a very successful 25 year career in family law. She helped thousands of families and children with her wisdom and brilliant understanding of the law and how it related to those she was dealing with. Now she has made the courtroom through television more interesting and understandable to the average person. How can you not appreciate how much she gives back while entertaining at the same time? She's smart and it's not her fault most of the people who appear before her are not the brightest bulbs in the box. Hey, that's show biz.

    June 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Alex

    Judge Judy & Oprah......... 2 reasons to turn the TV off as soon as they come on !!!

    June 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  106. guest001

    Only because Oprah's episodes have been re-runs most of the time.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Ben

    I think we are, hopefully, starting to see people realize that Oprah's not a deity. There are people who can't think/ won't think until she tells them HOW to think. So on one hand, she gets MILLIONS of people to read who otherwise wouldn't...but on the other she gets them to read complete garbage.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jama

      Actually Oprah's book club has selected a lot of excellent authors: Cormac McCarthy, Tolstoy, Faulkner, Toni Morrison.

      June 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • brianCNN

      I actually scratch authors off my reading list if Oprah endorses them.

      June 13, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  108. lasa

    If Judge Judy is beating Oprah in the ratings, why does Oprah make ten times as much money? Judge Judy must be an incredibley stupid business woman.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Judy makes a TON of Money... Like over 20 Million per year.

      June 10, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      The last article that I read regarding Judge Judy stated that her earnings were somewhere between $43 and $45 million per year! She works 2 weeks per month with filming occuring Tuesday-Thursday. She flies on her private jet from her home in CT to LA for filming then she turns around and flies right back home. What a gig!

      June 11, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  109. karen

    Judge Judy is the meanest, nastiest, 'human being' on earth. She brings a bad name to all judges with her behavior and should be ashamed of how she acts. Can't understand her success as she is nothing but all things bad in my opinion.

    June 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gwen

      She needs to be nasty with those morons who come to court. All judges should be as strict as she is and we wouldn't have all the juvenile delinquents and adult delinquents running around loose. Wake up lady!!!!

      June 11, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Karen.....what happened to your sense of humor lady? Oh, I see, you're a democrat. Well, since you are, let me ask you........How's that "Hope-y – Change-y " stuff going for you now? Got any oil in your skivvies? If not, just ask BP for some. They are big donation type folks. After all, BP was the single largest financial supporter to obama's campaign. So, if you think he will do anything to hurt BP........you'd wrong. You'd better bring him up on charges in front of Judge Judy if you want "satisfaction.'

      June 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Vegas Baby

    I love it when she says" Do I have stupid written on my forehead" I watch nightly, and YES YES YES she should have a syndicated column in the newspaper. It amazes me every day, how some people have NO COMMON SENSE.....
    Why are we becoming a nation of "STUPID"???
    Judge Judy Rocks, and I wish that she was my neighbor.
    You go Judge Judy !!!!!! Kuddos to you.

    June 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Skeptic

    How do we know is true? Oprah is watched world-wide; Judge Judy is not. On a trip outside of the U.S. I saw people watching Oprah but I did not see a single televison of the ones I saw with Judge Judy. As someone pointed out, Oprah is a talk show, Judge Judy is not. When you can show that Oprah is losing out to someone in the same genre, let us know; otherwise, no comparison. Thank you.

    June 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lesley

      Judge Judy is shown outside the continental USA. Armed Forces Network (AFN) broadcasts her show everyday- thankyou very much!

      June 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      To Skeptic –
      This is in reply to your comment below:
      "You're correct. Nick is wrong. Baseball and WWE are both sports and entertainment, you cannot compare the two. Moreover, a better indicator of topping Oprah is staying there, not random, sporadic indicators."
      I'm not entirely convinced you know what "sweeps" is. Again, the article above says, "Judge Judy soared past The Oprah Winfrey Show during the May sweeps ratings period, ranking first in daytime television. The comparison is between daytime television not simply talk shows. Also, with regards to your comment above "a better indicator of topping Oprah is staying there, not random, sporadic indicators." 9 times in 11 weeks is not sporadic.

      June 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  112. MIKE

    LOVE JUDGE JUDY!! She ALWAYS says it like it is and doesn't play favorite's via gender like alot of judges do. If a woman slaps a man, Judge Judy says she deserves to be smacked back too. VERY VERY wise woman and for EQUAL RIGHTS FOR EVERYONE and realizes even gay parents wishing to adopt are VERY SUITABLE. Can't say enough good about this woman.

    June 10, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      You took the words right out of my mouth! Never miss a show..I got to have my dose of Judge Judy Everyday! I am soo happy to hear she is beating Oprah! Judge Judy Rocks!!

      June 11, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  113. Sonya Burnett

    Listening to Judge Judy is like having my dearly loved mother back for a llittle bit every day (she died in '93). So much that she says is stuff I've heard my mother say more than once! I even remember my mother wearing the same hair style! WAY TO GO JUDGE JUDY!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Heidib23

    Judge Judy... the woman whose quote will live on in my brain...

    "If it doesn't make sense, it's not true..."

    Maybe she was writing Bushisms???

    June 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Timmy

    I lost my Scottish border collie once and Judge Judy helped me get her back from the evil hobo who had stolen her. God bless Judge Judy!

    June 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Fran

    "Did you think you were coming to a tea dance" – I love this woman. She is very smart and fair. No matter who is in front of her. I wish she was on the air when I was growing up. And she's funny too. She's at her best when she's not trying to be funny. May she stay on forever!!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Barb

    I never miss a day of judge judy. Its better than a comedy the way she rips into people. She is very wise and always gives good advice. I wish I could go to her when I have a problem. I think she should have an advice column or a show helping people with problems from a legal standpoint. Giving advice on who to go to, how to navigate through all the red tape when you have a problem that requires help from government agencies, etc. There's no show out there like it. Any takers?
    (This is my idea and cannot be copyrighted)

    June 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Barb

    I never miss a day of judge judy. Its better than a comedy the way she rips into people. She is very wise and always gives good advice. I wish I could go to her when I have a problem. I think she should have an advice column or a talk show helping people with problems from a legal standpoint. Giving advice on who to go to, how to navigate through all the red tape when you have a problem that requires help from government agencies. There's no show out there like it. Any takers?
    (This is my idea and cannot be copyrighted)

    June 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      To Anne: The comparison is between all day time televison shows during sweeps week. Not between talk shows.

      June 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      BARB......I agree with you. What a pleasure it is to watch JJ.

      June 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Joe

      I watch JJ a fair bit (in Australia) and I do enjoy it. It makes me laugh, and so did JAMES T with his comments! Even if it's not nice, it was funny. You may not live in a trailer.

      June 13, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Gloria

      I agree with Barb. I do like Oprah but Judge Judy usually will be watch more in my house then Oprah. Judge Judy should be nominated the the U.S. Supreme Court.

      June 13, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Gloria

      Sorry, I meant to say Judge Judy should be nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court.

      June 13, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  119. Odalice Feliz

    How I love judge Judy, looking hot in that orange shirt, I always wanteed to be a judge!!!!

    One giant step for women kind!!!!!

    June 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BCS

      Really, this is news worthy? Oprah is in re-runs so of course her numbers drops off. . How'd the judge do head-to-head during the season?

      June 13, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • GLO

      Just shows there are enough idiots to support both shows. On one show you have Oprah fawning on some celebrity, and on the other you have poor people being verbally abused by a mean old woman while fighting over the ownership of a couch. Do yourselves a favor and turn on the news!

      June 13, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |

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