according to the Hollywood Reporter
Judge Joe Brown, the second highest-rated court show in television syndication after Judge Judy, has been canceled by CBS Television Distribution.
The cancellation comes after negotiations on a new contract broke down, apparently over Brown’s salary. He reportedly has been making $20 million a year, but CTD was looking to trim his compensation in line with a decline in his ratings.
To be fair, all of the court shows have seen declines of as much as 20 percent this season -- with the exception of Judge Judy who remains
number one by a wide margin.
At this point, Judge Brown is scheduled to run in original and repeat episodes on the Fox owned stations until September, when they will
have the opportunity to reprogram his time periods.
Judge Brown may not be done yet, though. He has met with Byron Allen of Entertainment Studios about continuing his show. Allen’s Entertainment Studios has a line-up of court shows that includes America’s Court with Judge Ross, We The People With Gloria Allred and Justice for All with Judge Christna Perez. Allen’s shows play in
syndication first and then play on a company owned digital cable channel. However, it appears unlikely Entertainment Studios could pay as much as Brown has been getting under his CTD pact, according to a source.