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 but the new format clearly wasn’t hitting the mark with fans – with a paltry 53,000 viewers tuning on May 2.
After last night’s show, 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.”
Over the 25-years that The Footy Show has been in production, the program has been incredibly successful and has seen several reboots. But in recent years, the competition provided from Channel Seven’s The Front Bar has caused popularity to waver.
Despite attempting a new format and cast of hosts this year, the show was unable to bring audience numbers back up.
The Footy Show was Australia’s longest-running sports entertainment program on prime time TV, having aired 735 episodes.
This comes after Nine also axed the NRL Footy Show at the end of 2018.