*Entertainment Studios has just announced that “America’s Court With Judge Ross” will extend its run through 2014, making it the only show among the 2010 freshman syndicated series that has been officially renewed for the fall daytime television season.
Cleared in 95 percent of U.S. TV homes, among the station groups that now carry the program are CBS O&Os, Belo, Gannett, Weigel, Tribune, Sinclair, Roberts, Newport, Meredith, Entravision, Cox, Acme, Trans America, Griffin, Pappas, Corridor, Schurz, Mission Broadcasting, Comcorp, Bonten, Lambert Media, Drewry, Roundtable, Barrington, Quincy, Block, LIN, Post Newsweek, Journal, West Virginia Media, Scripps, Nexstar, New Age, Media General, Northwest, Sainte, Max Television, Gormally, Smith TV and Lockwood.
“I’m having a fantastic time and I could not ask for a better team of people to work with,” says Kevin “Boss” Ross, a former California Superior Court judge who hosts the show and serves as one of its producers.
When “America’s Court” initially debuted in 2010 alongside CBS’ “Swift Justice with Nancy Grace,” Litton Entertainment’s “Judge Karen’s Court” and Sony’s “The Nate Berkus Show,” the program’s ratings were underwhelming. While much of this was attributable to the show being seen in only half the country and being slotted in some less than desirable time periods, there were still no guarantees that the first run daily would even survive.
Since that time, however, “America’s Court” has jumped an astonishing 233 percent, as word of mouth continues to spread about Ross and the unusual cases he presides over. Shot in high-definition, the additional two years now gives producers the opportunity to further expand the show’s loyal fan base through various platforms, including social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and Get Glue.
“Judge Ross is an extraordinary talent,” said Byron Allen, president, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “This show is simply unstoppable!”
With ten court shows currently on the air, the popularity of the genre remains strong, attracting viewers who have made dueling small claims litigants a regular staple of their daytime viewing. Starting in September 2012, Allen’s growing LA-based company will broadcast three legal strips: America’s Court, We The People with powerhouse attorney Gloria Allred, and Justice For All with three-time Emmy Award winning attorney Christina Perez, formerly of Fox Television’s Christina’s Court.