Judge Judy: Queen of Daytime

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Daily Beast

Oprah Winfrey gets a lot of credit for being the Queen of Daytime TV, but it’s actually a brash 67-year-old grandmother who owns the afternoon airwaves.

More weeks than not, Judith Sheindlin, beloved or feared by much of America as television’s Judge Judy, bests Winfrey in the Nielsen ratings. She may not have her own magazine or a cable channel in the works. She may not give away cars or questionable recommendations for books and sweat lodges. But for 14 years (and much longer if you count her pre-television career), Judge Judy has been winning audiences’ hearts by not taking anyone’s crap.


This season so far, Judge Judy and The Oprah Winfrey Show have been neck-and-neck More…