Nine’s attempt to move The Footy Show away from The Front Bar did it few favours last night.
Screening at 7:30pm it drew just 157,000 (including later broadcasts in Sydney & Brisbane). In Melbourne only 93,000 watched. Despite being up on last week’s 108,000 the numbers are dismal for the timeslot.
By comparison The Front Bar had its best numbers all year at 428,000 at 8:30pm, with 287,000 in Melbourne.
Since its revamp last month The Footy Show has struggled to carve out a new audience, despite Nine hoping the title retention might transition viewers across.
Shane Crawford and Brendan Fevola were the sole presenters from the former show to remain alongside Lehmo, Neroli Meadows and Dylan Alcott. Eddie McGuire’s Jam TV produces. Any other show on those numbers in primetime would doubtless get short shrift from Programming.
Seven yesterday won the night, with Home & Away the top entertainment drawcard at 596,000. Survey ratings resume on Sunday.
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 25 April 2019