Yesterday there were calls for Eddie McGuire to return to the AFL Footy Show.
It’s a catchcry that has been suggested before, and there is no doubt it would certainly boost the Nine show.
In fact, McGuire has gone on record to say he would do anything for Nine, including hosting midday movies, if it would benefit the network. So it isn’t clear why he doesn’t entertain the notion of returning to the show…
Yesterday’s article in the Sunday Herald Sun talked down the current fortunes of the show, referencing an audience in Melbourne last week of 262,116, “its worst week so far this year,” adding that “most weeks [it] is well below 400,000 viewers.”
In fact last week it averaged 411,000 in Melbourne, up on the previous week of 378,000. Before that it took 452,000. It wins the slot every week in its hometown, which is quite a feat after 16 years.
While it is down 12% on the same point as last year in Melbourne, Nine is very happy with the AFL Footy Show. In reference to the latter, a spokesperson told TV Tonight, “Nine is really pleased with The Footy Show so far this year and the numbers are great considering the late start of the show.”
If any Footy Show is struggling it is the NRL version in its home city of Sydney -last week just 239,000.
Even before the Matthew Johns story broke it was clinging to life on 157,000. This is the same show that won a Logie as Most Popular Sports Programme, prompting ‘Fatty’ Vautin to thank David Gyngell for helping the show stay on air.
There is no doubt McGuire back behind the AFL Footy Show would be a shot in the arm for the AFL show, but it’s hardly at death’s door.
It would be good to get him back before it is.
Source: Sunday Herald Sun