TEN is set to move Before the Game from Saturdays to Thursdays, to screen at 8:30pm before Nine’s long-running Footy Show.
The Herald Sun reports the switch will take place from mid-June.
TEN is hoping it will lift its Thursday audiences in Melbourne and potentially stop viewers from switching to The Footy Show at 9:30pm. But die-hard AFL fans are likely to sample both shows.
A bigger concern will be for The Marngrook Footy Show currently screening on ABC2 at 8:30. Last night it had 63,000 viewers and those numbers could be hit hard by the popularity of TEN’s family-friendly AFL show.
Given Before the Game uses the same studio space as The Project it’s also going to be hell for crews, to turn around sets with just 90 minutes between two live shows.
UPDATE: BTG on TEN in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth at 8:30pm and in Sydney and Brisbane on ONE at 10:30pm from Thursday June 21.