Ratings: American Ninja Warrior Returns Steady, Dominates Night

American Ninja Warrior Ratings

NBC’s American Ninja Warrior swung back into action on Wednesday with 6.4 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating (per finals), on par with its year-ago opener (5.9 mil/1.8), delivering its biggest premiere audience ever and easily leading the night in both measures.

Leading out of that, The Night Shift‘s Season 3 opener (4.8 mil/1.1) was down from both its sophomore premiere (5.5 mil/1.5) and finale (5.2 mil/1.2), both of which aired in-season and after The Voice.

Elsewhere in the ratings….

FOX | MasterChef returned to 3.8 mil and a 1.2, up in audience and matching the demo from its previous premiere. Wayward Pines (2.5 mil/0.8) shed some few eyeballs and a tenth in the demo vs. its Season 2 premiere.

ABC | The 500 Questions finale did 4.5 mil and a 0.8.

THE CW | The iHeartRadio pool party thing drew 680,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating.