‘Hot Bench’ Gets Second Season, Upgrades

The CTD court show that is syndication’s No. 1 new entry is renewed and will also move to CBS-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Miami and Denver on March 30, 2015.

Hot Bench, the new syndicated court program created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, has been renewed for a second season and upgraded in five of the top 10 markets for the remainder of the season, it was announced today by CBS Television Distribution (CTD) and Queen Bee Productions.

Hot Bench will be upgraded in seven markets on Monday, March 30, 2015, through the 2015-16 season. It will move to the following CBS-owned affiliates: WCBS New York at 9 a.m.; KCBS Los Angeles at 2 p.m.; WBBM Chicago at 2 p.m.; KTVT Dallas at 2 p.m.; WBZ Boston at 9 a.m.; WFOR Miami at 9 a.m.; and KCNC Denver at 3 p.m..

Hot Bench, presided over by Patricia DiMango, Tanya Acker and Larry Bakman, is the #1 new first-run syndicated strip of the season with a 1.5 household rating and 2 million viewers (Live + SD, season to date).  In the recently concluded November sweeps period, Hot Bench averaged a 1.7 HH rating and 2.3 million viewers.

“I’m gratified that viewers have embraced Hot Bench,” Sheindlin said. 

Hot Bench has improved stations’ time periods across the country and in many cases has become a standout in a station’s court block,” said Joe DiSalvo, president of sales, CTD. “We’re excited to bring the show back next year.”

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