CBS Cancels Judge Joe Brown After 15 Years! [Details]

Rucuss staffMarch 28, 2013

CBS Television Distribution and Judge Joe Brown couldn’t come to an agreement over salary so the network pulled the plug on the show.

Brown’s show was the longest-running courtroom television series featuring a black judge. His show was the second highest-rated court show in TV syndication after Judge Judy, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

“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,” CBS Television Distribution said in a statement on Tuesday.

Brown reportedly earned $20 million a year, but CTD wanted to cut his salary due to declining ratings of the show. Ratings were down 17 percent in the February sweeps. But all the court shows have seen declines this season.

Judge Judy remains No.1 in court room shows by a large margin. She averaged a 7.5 household rating in February, about 10.5 million viewers a day. Brown remained in second place in the ratings for the past 739 weeks.

In an interview with Broadcasting and Cable, Brown said CBS Television Distribution was difficult to deal with and wasn’t backing the show with promotion. “It was time to move out on my own since I had some ideas that I had been having to pull teeth with no novocaine to get adopted,” Brown said.

Brown could return to TV after Judge Joe Brown in September. Broadcasting and Cable reports the judge has been meeting with other TV distributors.

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