The summer series, a transplant from G4, has been a strong ratings performer for the network, pulling in 7.1M viewers overall so far this summer, averaging a 2.2/8 in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. That’s an increase of +10% versus last summer in 18-49 (2.2 vs. 2.0) and +23% in total viewers (7.1M vs. 5.8M). Ninja is matching its best season to date at this point in the summer in 18-49 and delivering its top season outright at this point in total viewers, the network says. In preliminary “fast affiliate” Nielsens, this week’s telecast set a Live+Same Day series record in total viewers at 7.0 million.
Hosted by Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila and co-hosted by Kristine Leahy, the series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. This season the show traveled to Venice Beach, Kansas City, Houston, Orlando, Pittsburgh and San Pedro, CA. Those that complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan.
The series is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ Arthur Smith and Kent Weed, along with Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm.