‘Their show wasn’t up to where we were at’ Beau Ryan can’t believe cancelled AFL Footy Show lasted longer than NRL… as he claims he’s ‘not filthy’ about last year’s axing
News broke on Thursday that the AFL Footy Show has been cancelled by Channel Nine after a 25-year run – seven months after NRL’s version got the chop in October.
Now, former rugby star Beau has had his say on AFL’s axing and suggested it should have been pulled long before as it failed to draw in viewers.
Shocked: Rugby star Beau Ryan says he can’t believe that axed AFL Footy Show outlasted his show the NRL Footy Show which was pulled from Channel Nine back in October last year
Appearing on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Beau shared his thoughts on the AFL Footy Show and was quick to compare it to the NRL Footy Show, which he had co-hosted.
‘Our show was struggling last year and their show – I don’t even think their show was up to where we were at,’ he claimed.
Quizzed by Jackie over the ratings, he claimed that both the AFL Footy Show and the NRL Footy Show used to do well back in the ‘glory days 10 to 15 years ago’.
End of an era: The AFL Footy Show was cancelled by the Nine Network on Thursday following a 25-year run as it struggled to draw in viewers and suffered a huge drop in ratings
He pointed out that their downfall is due to there being ‘so much competition’ nowadays across the different networks.
Beau said: ‘They were all rating, but there’s so much competition now. You’ve got another show on Channel Seven that does big numbers, The Front Bar, that’s the big show.’
Asked by Kyle if he was ‘jealous’ not to be involved in The Front Bar, Beau shrugged: ‘Well, it’s a different sport.’
‘Their show wasn’t up to where we were at’: Having his say on the axing on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, 33-year-old Beau claimed the AFL Footy Show’s rating struggles were much worse than the NRL Footy Show
He is now working with Channel 10 and claims he isn’t upset over the NRL Footy Show being pulled.
‘Our show got cut last year, but I’m not cut,’ he said. ‘I’m not filthy about it… I’m on Channel 10, loving it. It’s awesome mate, good people.’
Beau’s interview comes after Channel Nine confirmed their decision to pull the AFL Footy Show which has run for 25 years on the network.
The sports show suffered a dramatic drop in ratings, despite the network’s attempts to revamp its ageing format.
Brave face: The TV presenter insisted he ‘wasn’t filthy’ about his own axing with the NRL Footy Show last year as he claimed ‘he’s not cut’ after landing new work with rival Channel 10
The final broadcast aired on Thursday Night, after only 53,000 viewers tuned in from Melbourne – a small fraction of the ratings it used to draw in back in its heyday.
It seems the show’s current hosts weren’t aware that the broadcast would be its final airing, as they told fans ‘we’ll see you next week’ as the show came to a close.
Nine’s Melbourne managing director, Matt Scriven, confirmed the AFL Footy Show’s axing in a statement that read: ‘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.’
All over: The AFL Footy Show aired for the last time on Thursday (9 May) with Nine’s Melbourne managing director confirming its axing in a statement that read: ‘Sadly the new show has not captured audiences in the way we had hoped’