It was only out for less than two months, but the revamped AFL Footy Show has been given the axe by Channel 9.
The show was on-air for 25 consecutive years with the likes of Edibut the new format clearly wasn’t hitting the mark with fans – with a paltry 53,000 viewers tuning in on May 2.
Host Neroli Meadows finished Thursday night’s show by saying “see you next week” but not long after it went to air, Nine’s Melbourne Managing Director Matt Scriven put out a statement.
“I want to thank the current hosts…the former hosts of The Footy Show, and the hard-working crew for their great contribution,” Mr Scriven said.
“It is with regret that The Footy Show will no longer be produced. It has been a tough decision to end the program that has been such a trailblazer, but sadly the new show has not captured audiences in the way we had hoped.
“Over the past three decades Nine has led the way with AFL entertainment and news programs and we will continue to do so, with the production of the award-winning Footy Classified and the Sunday Footy Show.
“We remain committed to the AFL and creating great AFL content, and we will continue to focus on new ways to engage audiences who love the code.”
The show has been blitzed in the ratings by its competitor on Channel 7, The Front Bar, which is hosted by Sam Pang, Andy Maher and Mick Molloy.
“With all respect, no-one’s watched the Footy Show in years,” Mix102.3 breakfast host and Channel 7’s Mark Soderstrom said.
“There was 19,000 people or something watching it in Adelaide last week.
“The SANFL footy gets four times that on an average day.
“It’s gone, it’s run its race.
“Again, I will declare my interest, I work at Channel 7 but The Front Bar is three good blokes with wonderful chemistry having great personalities and characters on their show and celebrating those personalities. It is a simple format and it is an absolute winner.”