After 25 consecutive years on the air, The Footy Show has been axed by Channel 9 after the program hit record low ratings with its new-look panel for the 2019 season.
The Channel 9 network confirmed shortly after their Thursday night show that the program would no longer air, effective immediately.
After 735 episodes, the show will cease following an all-time ratings low of 53,000 viewers last Thursday.
The major revamp including new panelists Brendan Fevola and Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann failed to compete with Chanel 7’s The Front Bar, leading to The Footy Show’s inevitable axing.
Nine Melbourne’s Managing Director Matt Scriven confirmed the show would no longer be produced after first coming to air in 1994.
“I want to thank the current hosts, Anthony Lehmann, Neroli Meadows, Dylan Alcott, Brendan Fevola and Shane Crawford, the former hosts of The Footy Show, and the hard-working crew for their great contribution,” Scriven said.
“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.”
“Over the past three decades Nine has led the way with AFL entertainment and news programs and we will continue to do so, with the production of the award-winning Footy Classified and the Sunday Footy Show.”
“We remain committed to the AFL and creating great AFL content, and we will continue to focus on new ways to engage audiences who love the code.”