‘American Ninja Warrior’ Earns a Sixth Season

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Michael Torres in ‘American Ninja Warrior’ (Photo by: David Becker/NBC)

NBC’s just renewed the hit summer competition series American Ninja Warrior for season six. Overall the competition series has been averaging 7.2 million viewers, with the season five finale airing on September 12, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. According to NBC, the current season’s ratings are the highest for the series to date. Matt Iseman hosts along with Kristine Leahy and ex-NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila.

“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,” stated Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “We couldn’t be more proud to see this show reach new heights and watch the affect it has on those who compete and strive to be their best.”

“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 Adam Stotsky, President, E! and Esquire Network. “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.”

The Plot: The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully 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 winner will take home a grand prize of $1 million.