Alex Scott defends Football Focus viewing stats amid production fears

Alex Scott defends Football Focus viewing figures as she insists Saturday’s show ‘DOUBLED anything on TV’ amid fears for the BBC production’s future

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  • The programme host revealed Saturday’s ratings ‘doubled anything on TV’
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Alex Scott revealed has defended Football Focus’ viewing figures and revealed Saturday’s show ‘double anything on TV’ during the same time amid fears for the future of the production.

The 38-year-old has been vocal on the ongoing situation after Mail Sport revealed earlier this week that the historic programme has lost more than one third of its early-season viewers in the space of four years.

Former show host Dan Walker admitted on Saturday that it’s ‘hard’ to see the iconic BBC show struggling amid a dramatic slump in audience figures that could see it axed.

Scott retorted with a scathing social media reply where she hit back at her predecessor with a GIF, stating: ‘Interesting’.

The online feud eventually ended with Walker wishing her well for Saturday’s televised appearance.

Alex Scott has defended viewing figures for Football Focus after Saturday’s production

Scott presents Saturday’s edition of Football Focus amid concerns it may be axed

Scott returned to social media ahead of Sunday’s north London derby between Arsenal and Spurs to thank viewers and provide an update on the show. 

‘Thank you to everyone who tuned into Football Focus your support for such an iconic show means so much to everyone who works across it,’ tweeted Scott.

‘Viewing figures double that of anything on TV at that time yesterday [Saturday].

‘Have a bless Sunday and See you at the Emirates you gunners,’ she added.

Scott hasn’t shied away from discussions surrounding the show’s future and joked with co-host Fara Williams during the weekend production about the ongoing issue.

Former Football Focus presenter Dan Walker previously expressed his sadness at the iconic BBC show’s slump in viewing figures over recent years 

Scott admitted Saturday’s viewing figures ‘doubled that of anything on TV at that time’

The duo humorously suggested that singing a song about Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard would ‘put the ratings up’.

Scott is the first permanent female host of the iconic score updates programme that first aired in 1974 and presented by broadcasting legend Bob Wilson.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker also enjoyed a successful stint as the face of Football Focus between 1996 and 1999.

Scott was in attendance for Arsenal’s derby clash with Tottenham on Sunday and was pictured being interviewed by the Gunners media team. 

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