'American Ninja Warrior' Renewed at NBC
NBC is staying on course with American Ninja Warrior.
The reality competition series has been renewed for a fifth season on the network and eighth season overall, the network announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.
The series, hosted by Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila and new addition Kristine Leahy, has continued to reach new highs in its current season. This week's installment collected 2.1 million total viewers among adults 18-49 — its highest rating in more than three years — and 7.2 million total viewers, a series best. Overall, ANW is averaging a 2.2 rating and 7.1 million total viewers. The series produced by A. Smith & Co.'s Arthur Smith and Kent Weed and exec produced by Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm, ranks as the No. 1 show on Mondays across the Big 4 among adults under 50 and total viewers. The series is up 10 percent year-over-year in the demo and 23 percent among total viewers.
In addition to Leahy, this season also saw the prize money double to $1 million as the search to find a competitor able to defeat the 80-foot Mount Midoriyama in the course's grueling finals continues. In six seasons, ANW has not produced a winner.
The series made headlines last season when Kacy Catanzaro became the first woman to climb the show's famed 14-foot Warped Wall — twice — in clips that went viral. The fan favorite saw her effort to return to the Las Vegas Finals shockingly end during the qualifying stages this season, though there's still a chance she could be invited back as a wild card.
The season finale airs Sept. 14 with a special three-hour event from 8-11 p.m.