Nine drops AFL Footy Show after eight rounds of 2019 season

Nine has announced it has ceased production on The Footy Show.

The news comes just eight episodes into the show’s 2019 season and twenty five years after it debuted on Nine.

The show first aired in 1994 and was Australia’s longest-running sports entertainment program with 735 shows. At the beginning of 2019 it went through a dramatic overhaul, with new hosts Neroli Meadows, Anthony Lehmann and wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott joining as Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman left the program.

The show slumped to 53,000 viewers in Melbourne last week, the lowest in its history, and just 97,000 metro viewers overall.

Comparatively, Seven’s The Front Bar pulled 278,000 viewers in Melbourne and 427,000 metro on the same evening. It also had its strongest national performance of the season last night, with 462,000 metro viewers and 606,000 nationally.

Nine’s Melbourne managing director Matt Scriven paid tribute to the hosts and crew on Thursday evening.

“I want to thank the current hosts, Anthony Lehmann, Neroli Meadows, Dylan Alcott, Brendan Fevola and Shane Crawford, the former hosts of The Footy Show, and the hard working crew for their great contribution,” said Scriven.

“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.”

Nine axed its NRL Footy Show in October 2018 as the show dropped to 78,000 and 51,000 viewers in Sydney and Brisbane respectively.


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