The CBS show Judge Joe Brown is being cancelled.
The show has been the second highest rated court show in TV syndication right under Judge Judy. Judge Joe Brown has been slipping in ratings over it's 15 year run.
A CBS Television Distribution statement said, “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.”
The show couldn’t come to terms on a new contract. The alleged dispute in negotiations was over Brown’s salary, which reportedly has been $20 million a year. CBS wanted to cut back on this salary due to the decrease in rating.
The Hollywood Reporter reports:
“In the recent February sweeps, Judge Brown had a 2.5 household rating, down 17 percent from the prior February. He attracted an average of 3.4 million daily viewers, down from an average of 4.1 million last February. In the key demographic for a daytime show, which is women 25-54, Brown had a 1.1 rating, down 15 percent from a year earlier. The most recent week for national ratings, reported Tuesday, had Judge Brown pulling a 2.1 household rating, down 16 percent from the prior week and 19 percent from the same week a year ago.”
Despite the low ratings and cancellation it seems Judge Brown is in talks with Entertainment Studios to continue his show. He met with Byron Allen of Entertainment Studios to discuss it.