America’s Got Talent, the most-watched alternative summer show for the past 10 years, will premiere its 11th season at 8 PM Tuesday, May 31, with new judge Simon Cowell. The series will shift back to Los Angeles this season.
American Ninja Warrior returns for Season 8 on Wednesday, June 1, with its two-hour premiere at 8 PM. The series is hosted by Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, with Kristine Leahy serving as co-host.
The past season of America’s Got Talent averaged a 2.9 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.5 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition and delivered its most-watched season in four years. The series is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.
American Ninja Warrior returns with new obstacles and several new cities. This season the show will make stops in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia before heading to Las Vegas and the four-stage obstacle course known as Mount Midoriyama.
Last summer, American Ninja Warrior was up 10% versus the prior year in adults 18-49 and 22% versus two years earlier. In total viewers, the summer 2015 season was Ninja’s most-watched ever, with its average of 7.1 million viewers beating the summer 2014 figure by +22%.
America Ninja Warrior is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed, along with Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm. The series is a co-production along with Esquire Network.