The verdict is in: Judge Judy is staying on the bench for at least four more years.
Judy Sheindlin has signed a new multiyear deal with CBS Television Distribution to continue her top-rated "Judge Judy" show through 2017.
The show, now in its 17th season, averages more than 9 million viewers daily and is the top-rated daytime program. The judge's no-nonsense demeanor and frequent belittling of litigants have turned the show into a blockbuster hit.
"Twenty-one is a terrific number," Sheindlin said in a statement. "It's when you officially become an adult, it's a winning hand in blackjack and it's the number of seasons we will have hit in 2017. I am so fortunate to have a job that I still love, working with a staff I respect and with a company who is at the top of their game."