‘Judge Joe Brown’ Canceled: Brown Falls, Judge Judy Rises

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times
March 27, 2013 Updated: October 1, 2015

‘Judge Joe Brown’ canceled: After failed salary negotiations and dropping ratings, Judge Joe Brown’s CBS show will be cancelled after this season. 

Judge Joe Brown poses for a photo before the start of the 72nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Nov. 30, 2003 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Judge Joe Brown will hear his last case as a day-time television star on CBS at the end of his show’s current season in September.

Brown’s salary negotiations with CBS were unsuccessful, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Reuters.

“We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years,” CBS Television Distribution (CTD) said in a statement to Hollywood Reporter, “as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show.”

While Brown’s ratings have dropped, Judge Judy’s ratings have risen.

As of February 24, “Judge Judy” was second only to “Wheel of Fortune” for CBS ratings. Brown did not make the top 10 list.

“Judge Judy” had a rating of 7.6. “Judge Joe Brown” had a 2.5 rating in February, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which had fallen to 2.1 as of March 26.

While he still draws 3.4 million viewers daily, he has lost about a million viewers since February last year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Fans mourned the loss of the show on the show’s Facebook page.

“You bring humor, knowledge and tough love into our homes instead of the junk they put on the television everyday,” wrote Rita Peralta.

“I admire his sense of justice and his penchant for ‘protecting womanhood and promoting manhood.’ I also appreciate his sense of humor and his uncanny wisdom. I hope CBS reconsiders or another media will pick up the show,” wrote Mary Zimmerman.

Some expressed disappointment that he would not take a salary cut.