By Lynette Rice
April 08, 2013 at 02:23 PM EDT

Judy Sheindlin’s court will stay in session through 2017.

The star of the syndicated court show Judge Judy has signed a new multi-year deal with CBS Television Distribution. Her show, now in its (remarkable) 17th season, averages more than 9 million daily viewers — more than any other show in daytime TV.

For the last three seasons, Judge Judy finished as the No. 1 rated show in daytime. Naturally, it’s also the top-rated half hour syndicated court show for 860 weeks running.

Her show debuted on Sept. 16, 1996.

“Twenty-one is a terrific number,” Sheindlin said in a statement. “It’s when you officially become an adult, it’s a winning hand in blackjack and it’s the number of seasons we will have hit in 2017.   I am so fortunate to have a job that I still love, working with a staff I respect and with a company who is at the top of their game.”