End of an era: Nine cancels AFL Footy Show
The AFL Footy Show has been axed after 25 years.
The current iteration of the show – hosted by Anthony Lehmann, Neroli Meadows, Dylan Alcott, Brendan Fevola and Shane Crawford – lasted just eight episodes following record low ratings up against Channel 7’s juggernaut, The Front Bar.
Channel 9 confirmed the news after Thursday night’s show and comes after poor ratings throughout 2019.
Nine’s Melbourne Managing Director Matt Scriven confirmed the new version of the show hadn’t “captured audiences” in a way that was envisaged following the departure of Sam Newman and Eddie McGuire at the end of the last season.
Ratings of the long-running show reached an all-time low last Thursday when just 53,000 people in Melbourne tuned in. Last night’s final episode attracted 78,000 viewers in Melbourne, while Channel 7’s The Front Bar had 308,000 people tuning in.
Since beginning in 1994, 735 episodes of The Footy Show were produced.
Host Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann said he’s “bloody disappointed” about the long running show’s cancellation but remains proud of the episodes he helped create.
I’m bloody disappointed The Footy Show has been cancelled but I’m grateful for the opportunity to host it with Nez, Fev, Dylan and Crawf and am really proud of the shows we made. Our team were brilliant and spare a thought for the crew, some of whom had been there for 25 years!
— lehmo (@lehmo23) May 9, 2019