Ninja Warrior Renewed by NBC

That whooshing sound you just heard was American Ninja Warrior effortlessly clearing another obstacle.

On the heels of delivering its largest audience ever, the competition series has been renewed for a fifth season on NBC, the network announced today.

American Ninja Warrior opened this season with 5.9 million total viewers and a 1.8 demo rating, and went on to best ABC’s Bachelorette in head-to-head competition on multiple occasions. Most recently, the show drew 7.2 million viewers (an all-time high) and a 2.1 rating (its best demo number in three years).

Hosted by Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, and co-hosted by Kristine Leahy, American Ninja Warrior tests competitor’s endurance, balance, upper body and grip strength through grueling tests including the Warped Wall and the Salmon Ladder. Three previous seasons aired on G4.

The current season finale will air Monday, Sept. 14 in a special three-hour telecast (8/7 c on NBC), while new episodes will begin filming in spring 2016.

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