Last week’s episode drew a 1.6 rating in Nielsen’s 18-49 demo, according to live-plus same day numbers, hitting a season high. The ratings surge followed two straight weeks in which the series had tied its previous season peak.
Currently in its ninth season, “American Ninja Warrior” has proven to be a durable and evolving reality staple. The show has outlasted the network on which it launched — the defunct cable channel G4 — and become a mainstay of NBC’s summer programming strategy. A competition show in which athletes wind their way through a complex obstacle course, the series was a precursor to other physical-challenge reality shows such as Netflix’s “Ultimate Beastmaster” and NBC’s own “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge.”
“People never seem to get tired of seeing ordinary people – both men and women alike – do extraordinary things,” says