A.Smith & Co.’s Emmy-nominated Series American Ninja Warrior Renewed By NBC
A.Smith & Co.’s hit series American Ninja Warrior isn't showing any signs of slowing down. Hours ahead of the season finale, which aired on Monday night in the US, the Emmy-nominated reality competition series was renewed for a sixth season by NBC and a ninth season overall.
The series continues to be a ratings success. This season marked the show’s most watched season ever, averaging a 2.1 rating amongst adults aged 18-49 and attracting 7.2 million viewers overall.
This year the show also landed its first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. The winner will be announced at Sunday's awards ceremony.
"The increased popularity of American Ninja Warrior on air, as well as its growing social and cultural impact, is a testament to the athletes who push themselves beyond their limits,” said NBC Entertainment Alternative and Reality Group President, Paul Telegdy. “We couldn’t be more proud to see this show reach new heights and watch the effect it has on those who compete and strive to be their best.”
American Ninja Warrior is produced by A. Smith for NBC/Esquire Network. The company’s founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed serve as Executive Producers on the show, along with Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm.
“We are in constant awe of the extraordinary athletes on American Ninja Warrior who make the show as exhilarating to watch as it is to produce,” said E! and Esquire Network President, Adam Stotsky. "It is incredibly exciting how the series has evolved from an unconventional Japanese game show with a cult following to the global hit phenomenon that it is today in partnership with NBC — and we are looking forward to many more seasons to come.”
American Ninja Warrior also has a spinoff on Esquire called Team Ninja Warrior. The forthcoming second season of the offshoot, picked up in May, will expand to 16 episodes and feature five special college edition episodes where rival universities go head-to-head.