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AFL Footy Show axed after ratings struggle

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The AFL Footy Show has been dumped by the Nine Network after 25 years on the air.

Nine pulled the plug on a major revamp of the show after just eight episodes as it plummeted to an all-time ratings low of 53,000 viewers in Melbourne last week.

"It is with regret that The Footy Show will no longer be produced," Nine's Melbourne managing director Matt Scriven said in a statement on Thursday.

"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."

The Footy Show's viewership has steadily trended down in recent years, with the AFL fans switching to Seven's rival offering The Front Bar.

It debuted in 1994 with co-hosts Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman at the helm and became a ratings powerhouse.

Melbourne great Garry Lyon, former North Melbourne president James Brayshaw, journalist Rebecca Maddern and high-profile businessman Craig Hutchison have hosted the program over the last decade.

The latest incarnation, led by Anthony Lehmann, Neroli Meadows, Dylan Alcott, Brendan Fevola and Shane Crawford, debuted on March 21 featuring a new set and format.

Thursday night's show was its 735th and final episode.

Its axing comes after Nine cancelled the NRL version of the show late last year.

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