It looks like Cristina Perez is leaving the TV courthouse. After three seasons on the air, Cristina’s Court has been cancelled and won’t be returning for the 2009-10 season.
Cristina’s Court first aired on September 11, 2006. Perez formerly hosted the very popular court show La Corte de Familia (Family Court) for Telemundo. The no-nonsense lawyer was marketed to be the first TV judge to ever cross over from the Spanish-language to English-language market. Cristina’s focuses on both small claims cases and conflicts and legal arguments between families, couples, friends, business partners and co-workers. Perez’s decisions are legally-binding and are injected with her own moral and family values.
The series won a daytime Emmy last year, the first Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program Award to be given. According to the Syndicated Network Television Association, Perez ranks as the second most trustworthy and influential host in syndication among adults 18-34, ranking just behind Oprah Winfrey.
Though the Emmy-winning courtroom show ranks seventh among almost a dozen court shows in syndication, the series is ending after three seasons. According to Nielson, it’s been averaging a 1.1 rating, down about 15% from last season.
In a statement, Twentieth Television’s COO Bob Cook said, “We would like to thank Cristina Perez as well as executive producer Peter Brennan, Lisa Lew and the entire staff for producing this high-quality, Emmy Award-winning television court program.”
Cristina’s is one of a growing number of syndicated shows that are being cancelled due to a decline in available advertising money. Original episodes will continue to be produced and the show will air through September 2009.
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