Have you ever considered the amount of money that TV and movie stars make on a yearly basis? In comparison to a variety of different actors and actresses, Judge Judy makes a significantly larger sum than many others. As the highest paid personality on TV today, Judge Judy’s salary is something that will not only shock you, but also ask why and how she makes as much money as she does.
Judith Sheindlin, also known as Judge Judy, brings home approximately $47 million every year. The second highest earning television personality is Jon Stewart, who earns between $25 million and $30 million annually. They are then followed by Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, and David Letterman at around $20 million.
There are a variety of different ways that the salary of television personalities is calculated and many different factors that need to be taken into consideration. In comparison to any other first run program, Judge Judy has highest rankings – even more than Dr. Phil or Wheel of Fortune. This means that the stations that carry it bring in an ample amount of money and the advertisers that place their ads during the commercial breaks also provide an ample amount of money to the show.
Another important thing to take into consideration is that Judge Judy’s repeat episodes are something that viewers love to enjoy over and over again. Meaning that although the episode may have already aired, it will gather the same amount of views as new episodes. Unlike other types of television shows that do not generally repeat well.
The attitude of Judge Judy is something that is relatively unheard of for television which is another large reason as to why she gathers so many viewers. Although the target audience for the show is women aged around 60 years old and 85% of viewers never graduated college, her crass personality is what helps the show to do so well.
In the year 2008-2009, Judge Judy had a ranking of approximately 4.2 and over the past couple of years, it has essentially doubled to 7.4. That means that over 9 million people watch the show 5 days a week. Not to mention that the repeats of the show also acquire a 6.2 rating, showing that it is still something that viewers love to see – even if they’ve already seen it. With these ratings and stats, it is no wonder that Judge Judy is the highest paid personality on television today.
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