"The People's Court" has been declared a firm go for its second season (1998-1999), it was announced today by Scott Carlin, Executive Vice President, and Dan Greenblatt, Senior Vice President/General Sales Manager, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
The hour-long, five-times-weekly series has been cleared on 70 stations, representing more than 72% of the country for its second session (including all 10 of the top 10 markets, and 19 of the top 25).
"The original 'The People's Court' series was the first show of its kind, really pioneering the genre," said Carlin. "We are very proud of the show's new incarnation and its performance thus far. We look forward to season two and beyond." "'The People's Court's' continued growth and popularity is evident in its recent upgrade, and subsequent renewal, on WNBC in New York where it faces 'Judge Judy' head-to-head and often comes out on top," added Greenblatt.
Top 10 market stations that have cleared the strip include: WNBC-TV (New York), KCAL-TV (Los Angeles), WCIU-TV (Chicago), WPHL-TV (Philadelphia), KOFY-TV (San Francisco), WABU-TV (Boston), WBDC-TV (Washington, D.C.), KXAS-TV (Dallas), WJBK-TV (Detroit) and WAGA-TV (Atlanta).
This all-new version of the "The People's Court," which features former New York City Mayor Ed Koch on the bench, is the second-highest-rated new strip of the 1997-1998 season. The series averaged a 2.6 rating and 10 share among households nationally in the November sweep, a +8% gain in rating and +11% boost in share over November '96 time period averages.
"The People's Court," a Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett Production, is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.