The AFL Footy Show cancelledBy Jonas Lopez in Media News on Friday, 10th May 2019 at 12:10pm
The Nine network has officially ended The AFL Footy Show.
Network managing director for Melbourne Matt Scriven said following last night’s episode that flagging ratings have plagued the show since the start of the season. The latest metro viewer figures this week put The Footy Show at 173,000 against 606,000 for Seven‘s The Front Bar.
Despite the end of The AFL Footy Show after 25 years and 735 episodes, Scriven said Nine will still support the AFL by continuing Footy Classified and the Sunday Footy Show.
The reaction among former staff did not take long in coming.
Crocmedia CEO Craig Hutchison, who was a former host and news reporter for three years, said the show could have done better by concentrating on quality content instead of watching the ratings.
Garry Lyon, who hosted from 2006 to 2015, said the sudden cancellation was a shock, considering current co-host Neroli Meadows signed off with “Thanks for watching, see you next week.”
The biggest condemnation, however, came from pioneer host Eddie McGuire.
“My heart goes out firstly to all the crew, to the many people who today wake up today. Melbourne production is very important, it’s something I fight hard for. We’re losing a lot of it, it was one of the last big shows done in Melbourne. There’s a lot of people, maybe in the media, who will death ride the show and maybe enjoy giving it the last kick. I hope they don’t do that because it’s put a lot of kids through school and put meals on tables,” read part of his statement over Triple M Hot Breakfast today.
The axing of the AFL Footy Show follows the 2018 decision by Nine to end its NRL counterpart.
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