Judge Judy is an American arbitration-based reality court show presided over by retired Manhattan Family Court Judge Judith Sheindlin. Judge Judy, which premiered on September 16, 1996, reportedly revitalized the court show genre. By 2011, Judge Judy had been nominated 14 consecutive years for Daytime Emmy Awards without ever winning. Judge Judyfinally won its first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program in 2013, on its 15th nomination. Since its premiere, Judge Judy has gained enormous popularity and has led the ratings in courtroom programming. The show was also the highest-rated daytime television program from its 3rd (1998–99) through 5th (2000–01) season. After that, the show lost this title, but regained it by its 14th season (2009–10) and has kept it henceforth. Season 19 of Judge Judy premiered on Monday, September 8, 2014. To celebrate her new season, Sheindlin offered her new book,What Would Judy Say: Be the Hero of Your Own Story, to the public for free.