Last nights all-new The Footy Show proved to be a ratings hit with an average of 381,000 viewers tuning into Nine’s show while an average of 180,000 watched Channel Seven’s show The Front Bar.
The return of Eddie McGuire and a two-week hiatus proved to be a ratings success as the figure was 200,000 viewers higher then The Footy Show’s lowest rating show this year.
As well as changes to hosts and segments, the show also looked different with a single desk with capacity for seven people, rather than two desks, while it also took a more relaxed approach, with males on the show not wearing ties.
The Collingwood president and Rebecca Maddern shared the hosting roles on the left of the desk with Sam Newman in the middle of the pair.
Comedian Dave Hughes was on the far right of the desk with various players and guests seated in the middle.
But the high ratings may not be a sign of the shows success.
A News Corp poll asked footy fans what they thought of the all-new Footy Show. The options were loved it, hated it and ‘meh’.
Of the 3.8k fans who voted, 49% voted for the ‘meh’ option, 36% voted for loved it and 15% voted for hated it.
Some fans on Twitter were excited about the re-launch, but overall, it was mixed feelings for from the viewers.
#9AFLFootyShow About bloody time Eddie 😊 Good luck to Ed, Beck, and Sam for tonight's relaunching of the AFL Footy Show… Cannot wait! 😎
— Sith Lord Vader (@Vadermcinnes) August 10, 2017
Mammoth ratings for the return of the AFL Footy Show last night – 381,000 in Melbourne, more than double the rival. Eddie's still got it!
— Tom Steinfort (@tomsteinfort) August 10, 2017
The ‘Footybox’ concept, based on Foxtel/ Ten’s Google box, proved to be a hit with fans.
Who else just wants to watch full segments of footybox?? 🙋🏽🙋🏽 #9AFLFootyShow
— Jenny Shillabeer (@JennyShillabeer) August 10, 2017
That FootyBox skit was hilarious #9AFLFootyShow 😅😄😃🤣😂😁😀
— ⚫⚪ DAVID ⚫⚪ (@turtlemagpies) August 10, 2017
But some people we less than impressed with the change-up.
This is absolute car crash cringeworthy tv already #thefootyshow
— Simon Cormie (@scormie19) August 10, 2017
The big announcement is that the footy show is still shit #whyarepeoplestillwatching
— Stuey (@kratosclub09) August 10, 2017
The only thing that will get me to watch the footy show is if they get rid of Sam Newman tbh
— demi (@demimarina) August 10, 2017
#9AFLFootyShow thank god for recorders. I can fast forward and watch the footy segments in about 15 minutes. Dead show walking…
— Brendan cohen (@Brendancohen10) August 10, 2017
This has been the most incredibly awkward 5 minutes of television ever. Please make it stop #9AFLFootyShow
— Michael Eva (@mickeva28) August 10, 2017
Others compared The Footy Show to The Front Bar.
— Frosty Boy (@DaveFrostick) August 10, 2017
People tuned in to see Ed. Won't last. The Front Bar is so much better.
— Rusty (@Rusty1808) August 11, 2017
Flicked it on, watched for 15 mins, nothing special so flicked it back to the Front Bar
— the Spin (@backpacknsteve) August 11, 2017
And I'll be back to The Front Bar next week.
— Belinda Clark (@binnikins) August 11, 2017
I like how the people who say the Footy Show is washed up, too blokey and not funny anymore are choosing to watch Mick Molloy instead.
— Luke Holmesby (@LukeHolmesby) August 10, 2017
Fans also had a lot to say about Hughesy.
Started well and then Dave Hughes spoke… #9AFLFootyShow
— Tim Smith (@tim_smith1981) August 10, 2017
*Turns on Channel 9*
*Sees Dave Hughes*
*Switches to The Front Bar*#9AFLFootyShow
— GT (@GeorgeTsipnis) August 10, 2017
@DHughesy been a fan of yours for a while BUT please for the sake of the footy show, leave from it. You aren't funny on it and don't suit it
— Daniel (@Dlarge01) August 11, 2017
I can't understand persevering with Dave Hughes. The show doesn't need someone TRYING to be funny. Most of the players are naturally funny.
— Peter (@petermccartney8) August 11, 2017
Was my 30 seconds recorded as a viewer? As soon as Dave Hughes TRIED to be funny, I couldn't change channels fast enough.
— Peter (@petermccartney8) August 11, 2017
Switched off the footy show immediately Ugly Dave Hughes showed his horrible. no talent head. Will be back when he is not on.
— RadioHam (@MicrophoneJock) August 11, 2017
— Ol' Dark Blue (@navyblue_8) August 11, 2017
Dave Hughes is the worst, thinks comedy is shouting as loud as possible.
— Ash (@MiamiHeatFinest) August 10, 2017
Need to get rid of Dave Hughes he's about as funny as watching paint dry
— Brad Wiedmann (@Brad_Wiedmann) August 10, 2017