Rumours swirl Channel Nine ‘will cancel The AFL Footy Show any day now after dreadful ratings’… as it’s smashed by Seven’s The Front Bar
The AFL Footy Show could be cancelled by Channel Nine any day now, according to industry sources.
The sports program has performed so badly in the ratings that executives must be wondering how long the situation can last, according to TV Tonight‘s David Knox.
Knox cited ‘industry chatter’ on Wednesday as evidence that the Footy Show’s days could be numbered.
Bad ratings: Rumours are swirling that Channel Nine will cancel The AFL Footy Show any day now after weeks of abysmal ratings
However, Knox emphasised that Channel Nine is still backing the revamped program and referring journalists to the last public statement made in April.
That statement read: ‘We are excited by the feedback we have from players and those inside the game on the show and we are committed to this outstanding line up of hosts.
‘The Footy Show is an important and valued part of our schedule and we know as the audience sample it, they will stick with it.’
Meanwhile, the Herald Sun reported earlier this week that The AFL Footy Show could be dumped ‘in the immediate future’.
The publication cited ‘frenzied rumours’ going around Melbourne media circles to justify the bold claim.
The new-look AFL Footy Show is hosted by comedian Anthony Lehmann, journalist Neroli Meadows, wheelchair athlete Dylan Alcott and ex-AFL star Brendan Fevola.
The program has been smashed in the ratings in recent weeks by Channel Seven’s The Front Bar, starring Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Sam Pang.
As reported by TV Tonight, The Front Bar drew 427,000 viewers in the five capital cities compared to The Footy Show’s dismal 97,000.
Ratings have been particularly bad in Melbourne, which is considered to be the spiritual home of Australian Rules football.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine for comment.