'Judge Judy' tops 'Oprah' ratings

Courtroom series now No. 1 daytime show

"Judge Judy" beat "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in the ratings last season, making it daytime's No. 1 TV show, according to new Nielsen ratings.

"Judy" averaged 6.5 million viewers -- 600,000 more on average than "Oprah," who will cease hosting her show after this season, her 25th, to focus on launching her OWN network. Oprah had held the top-spot in daytime since the 2000-2001 season.

"Judy," hosted by Judy Sheindlin since September 1996 (and renewed through 2013), had a particularly strong showing against "Oprah" during May sweeps, finishing No. 1 in adults 18 to 49 and 25 to 54.
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