American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja

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American Ninja Warrior:
Ninja vs. Ninja
GenreSports competition
Presented byMatt Iseman
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
Alex Curry
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes26[1][2]
Production
Executive producer(s)Arthur Smith
Brian Richardson
Kent Weed
Producer(s)A. Smith & Co. Productions
Production location(s)Los Angeles, CA
Camera setupMultiple-camera
Release
Original network
Original releaseJanuary 19, 2016 (2016-01-19) –
present
External links
Website

American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (formerly Team Ninja Warrior) is an American reality TV obstacle racing team competition series and a spin-off of American Ninja Warrior. The series features ANW alumni racing in teams of three against each other, with the winners receiving a cash prize.

History[edit]

On October 9, 2015, Esquire Network announced a spin-off of American Ninja Warrior which would feature twenty-four 3-person teams (two men and one woman) of popular ANW alumni. The teams competed head-to-head against each other, running the course simultaneously, thus creating a new live duel dynamic. The two teams with the fastest times advance to the finale where one team will be crowned the winners and receive a cash prize. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila host alongside actor and journalist, Alex Curry.[3][4][5] The series is Esquire Network's most-watched program in the channel's history.[6]

On May 31, 2016, Esquire Network announced a sixteen-episode second season that will also include a five-episode special college edition that will have college-aged competitors go head-to-head against rival schools.[6]

On March 6, 2017, it was announced that Team Ninja Warrior would be moving to sibling cable channel USA Network as Esquire Network wound down its linear channel operations and relaunched as an online-only service. The show's second season premiered on April 18.[7]

On October 5, 2017, it was announced by USA Network that the show would be retitled American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs Ninja starting with the show's third season, which premiered on March 1, 2018.[8][9]

Format[edit]

Each first-round episode consists of five matches: two seeding-round matches, two elimination matches (always pitting a seeding-round winner against a seeding-round loser), and the championship relay race. The four standard rounds features three heats, with the captains selecting opponents (men vs. men only), with the women racing against each other. The third heat is worth double points, with an extra race as a tiebreaker in the event of a 2-2 tie, while the relay race takes place on an extended course.[citation needed]

Once the contestant reaches the Dancing Stones, a contestant who fails any of the next obstacles (which alternate) or the Warped Wall (three-attempt rule in play) automatically loses. The player who advanced the furthest wins the heat, with whoever reached the previous obstacle the fastest being the tie-breaker. A ten-second penalty applies for failure to clear obstacles in the relay race, assessed to the next player on the team. In the relay final, the course's additional obstacles are the Salmon Ladder, Tilting Ladder, and conclude with a 30-foot spider climb leading to a 10-foot rope climb.[citation needed]

In contrast to the ANW rules, which state that touching the water is not allowed, competitors are permitted to make contact with the water, but are disqualified if they fall or completely lose their grip on the obstacle. For instance, competitors can drag their feet through the pool on the Sonic Swing, but if they fall completely off the rope, they are disqualified. Often competitors will brush the water in an effort to catch up, but their slick feet most commonly hurt them later on obstacles such as the Warped Wall.[original research?]

The newest season in 2018 has 36 teams of three competitors each, with major rule changes to the elimination rounds.

Each race will now be worth one point, again with the only restriction that the women must race each other. A team must will all three heats to win the round. If neither team sweeps the heats, the heats will be settled with a relay. Teams will assign competitors to one of three points, the start, after the second, and after the fourth obstacles. To win the match, the team up 2-1 must win one heat to win. If the team down 1-2 wins the heat, the two teams will conduct one sudden death relay to determine the winner. The winners of the two matches will play in the final, now nine obstacles, using the format except in the relay (used in the fourth and fifth heats if necessary), the exchange points will be after the third and sixth obstacles, respectively.[10] Also, there are no more sudden death matches.[11]

Series overview[edit]

Season First aired Last aired Champion Runner-up Other finalists Teams Hosts Sideline reporter
1 January 19, 2016 March 8, 2016 Party Time Team TNT N/A 24 Matt Iseman Akbar Gbaja-Biamila Alex Curry
N/A
College Madness November 22, 2016 December 20, 2016 Wisconsin MIT Georgia 16 Kacy Catanzaro
UCLA
2 April 18, 2017 June 27, 2017 Storm Team Team TNT Iron Grip 28 Alex Curry
Real Life Beasts
3 March 1, 2018 June 18, 2018 Labreckfast Club Team Ronin Party Time 36
Iron Grip

Seasons[edit]

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

The first season of American Team Ninja Warrior occurred in the 2015-2016 TV season. The season was taped from October 21–23, 2015, in Long Beach, California. Of the competing teams, only one team was captained by a woman, that of Jessie Graff's, the "G-Force". Premiering on January 19, 2016, the season consisted of eight, hour-long episodes, exclusively on Esquire Network. The season ended with "Party Time", consisting of members Brian Arnold, Jake Murray, and Jennifer Tavernier crowned Team Ninja Warrior Champions, winning over "TNT", which included members Travis Rosen, Adam Arnold, and Joyce Shahboz.[12]

Team name Team captain Team member Team member Results Notes Refs
Team Alpha Brent Steffensen Evan Dollard Kacy Catanzaro Eliminated Qualifying Episode 3
Average Jo Jos Jo Jo Bynum Jimmy Bogle Jr. Caitlin Shukwit Eliminated Qualifying Episode 1
Elet-trikz Elet Hall Dillon Gates Cassie Craig Eliminated Qualifying Episode 5
Expendabulls Kevin Bull Alan Connealy Luci Romberg Finalist Episode 3 Eliminated during qualifying in Finals Episode 2 [13]
G-Force Jessie Graff [NB 1] Nicholas Coolridge Travis Brewer Eliminated Qualifying Episode 1 Only team with a female captain [14]
Golden Hearts Neil Craver Grant McCartney Natalie Duran Eliminated Qualifying Episode 2
Invincabels Abel Gonzalez Nathan Jasso Jeri D'Aurelio Eliminated Qualifying Episode 6
Iron Grip Daniel Gil Sam Sann Richelle Hepler Eliminated in Relay Showdown Episode 5
Karsonic Boom Karson Voiles Brandon Berrett Beth Higginbotham Eliminated Qualifying Episode 4
Lab Rats Brian Wilczewski Chris Wilczewski Michelle Warnky Finalist Episode 5 Eliminated during the Relay Showdown in Finals Episode 2 [13]
Team Midoryama Ian Dory Dan Yager Meagan Martin Finalist Episode 2 Eliminated during qualifying in Finals Episode 1
Ninja Brittens Geoff Britten Dustin McKinney Jessica Britten Eliminated Qualifying Episode 5
NorCal Ninjas David Campbell Sean Noble Rachel Mulvaney Eliminated Qualifying Episode 2
Party Time Brian Arnold Jake Murray / Travis Weinand [NB 2] Jennifer Tavernier 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion Jake Murray suffered a leg injury during qualifying and was replaced by Travis Weinand for the Relay Showdown on Qualifying Episode 6 [15]
Rahnaways Jamie Rahn Adam Grossman Courtney Venuti Eliminated Qualifying Episode 6
Real Life Beasts Drew Drechsel James McGrath Erica Cook Eliminated in Relay Showdown Episode 6
Team Ronin Flip Rodriguez JJ Woods Tiana Webberley Finalist Episode 4 Eliminated during qualifying in Finals Episode 1
Storm Team Moravsky Joe Moravsky Rob Moravsky Marybeth Wang Finalist Episode 1 Originally eliminated in the Relay Showdown in Episode 1 but were brought back as a Wildcard in the Finals; Eliminated during qualifying in Finals Episode 2
Stratis Faction Ryan Stratis Mike Bernardo Grace Jones Finalist Episode 3 Originally eliminated in the Relay Showdown in Episode 3 but were brought back as a Wildcard in the Finals; Eliminated during the Relay Showdown in Finals Episode 1
Think Tank Noah Kaufman Matt Wilder Asya Grechka Eliminated in Relay Showdown Episode 4
Team TNT Travis Rosen Adam Arnold Joyce Shahboz 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [15]
Towers of Power Brandon Mears Dan Polizzi Selena Laniel / Traci Dinwiddie [NB 2] Eliminated in Relay Showdown Episode 2 Selena Laniel suffered a shoulder injury during qualifying and was replaced by Traci Dinwiddie for the Relay Showdown on Qualifying Episode 2
Tré Amigoz Tremayne Dortch Andrew Lowes Cassandra Dortch Eliminated Qualifying Episode 3
Wild Bunch Lance Pekus Ben Melick Rose Wetzel Eliminated Qualifying Episode 4

Ratings[edit]

No. Episode Air date Timeslot (ET) 18-49 rating Viewers
(millions)
Daily rank
(cable)
1 "Qualifying Week 1" January 19, 2016 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 0.09 0.281[16] 105
2 "Qualifying Week 2" January 26, 2016 0.10 0.273[17] 105
3 "Qualifying Week 3" February 2, 2016 0.07 0.217[18] 143
4 "Qualifying Week 4" February 9, 2016 0.10 0.285[19] 114
5 "Qualifying Week 5" February 16, 2016 0.07 0.200[20] 141
6 "Qualifying Week 6" February 23, 2016 0.08 0.268[21] 132
7 "Finals Week 1" March 1, 2016 N/A N/A >150
8 "Finals Week 2" March 8, 2016 0.12 0.295[22] 115

College Madness (2016)[edit]

Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness was a five-episode special season that premiered on November 22, 2016, on Esquire Network. Each episode featured teams, each consisting of two men and one woman, competing against other teams from various colleges and universities across the United States. At the end of each episode, the top two teams faced each other in a relay race, with the winner advancing to the finals. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila hosted with ANW fan favorite Kacy Catanzaro as the sideline reporter.[23] The tournament was ultimately won by the University of Wisconsin, with a team consisting of Zack Kemmerer, Andrew Philibeck, and Taylor Amann.

Team name Team member Team member Team member Results Notes Refs
UCLA Bruins Carter Allen James Vaughn Amanda Adams 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Finalist [24]
Colorado Buffaloes Bobby Reedy Matt Normile Alexandra Regenold Eliminated Qualifying Episode 3
UConn Huskies Perry Madison Luke Adams Jade Sharkany Eliminated Qualifying Episode 2
Florida Gators Garrison Kalvin Dane Brooks Melissa Hill Eliminated Qualifying Episode 1
Georgia Bulldogs Doug Legg Bradley Schleicher Victoria Case 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Finalist [24]
Houston Cougars Mathis Owhadi Zach Tamayo Haley Houston Eliminated in Relay Showdown Week 1
Maryland Terrapins Marcos Colon-Pappaterra Kevin Merrick Delaney Jordan Eliminated in Relay Showdown Week 4
Michigan Wolverines Karl Berkemeier Joseph Craig Liv Lang Eliminated Qualifying Episode 4
MIT Engineers Tomas Cabrera Charlie Andrews Amelia Becker 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [24]
Ohio State Buckeyes CJ Raterman Clay Raterman Brynn Schlemitz Eliminated Qualifying Episode 4
Oklahoma Sooners Taylor Neitsch Reese Tomberlin Candace Caldwell Eliminated Qualifying Episode 2
USC Trojans Antonio Ayala Julian Olea Noelle Crowley Eliminated in Relay Showdown Week 3
Stanford Cardinal Nam Cuong Will Roderick Roshena MacPherson Eliminated Qualifying Episode 3
Texas A&M Aggies Will Smithee Collin Hummel Kaiti Haymaker Eliminated in Relay Showdown Week 2
TCU Horned Frogs Nolan Smith Alexander Parris Emma Beserra Eliminated Qualifying Episode 1
Wisconsin Badgers Zack Kemmerer Andrew Philibeck Taylor Amann 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion [24]

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

The second season of Team American Ninja Warrior premiered on USA Network on April 18, 2017, with the season finale airing June 27, 2017. There were 28 teams; unlike season 1, in which only one team was captained by a woman, season 2 featured 3 teams captained by women.[25] The season ended with Storm Team, led by Joe Moravsky, being crowned as the new champions, with Travis Rosen's Team TNT finishing runner-up for the second year in a row.

Team name Team captain Team member Team member Result Notes Refs
Team Alpha Brent Steffensen Dillon Gates Kacy Catanzaro Eliminated Qualifying Episode 5
Average JoJo's JoJo Bynum Jimmy Bogle Jr Kirsti Pratt Eliminated Qualifying Episode 3
The Ballers Lorin Ball Paul Kasemir Meiling Huang Eliminated in Relay Showdown Episode 6
Flowmingo Alan Connealy JB Douglas Luci Romberg Eliminated Qualifying Episode 5
G-Force Jessie Graff [NB 1] Nicholas Coolridge Jesse La Flair Eliminated Qualifying Episode 3 One of three teams with female captains [14]
Golden Hearts Neil Craver Grant McCartney Natalie Duran Finalist Episode 1 Eliminated during Qualifying in Finals Episode 2; Natalie Duran injured her ankle when she dismounted from the Tire Swing during the knockout round (Finals Episode 2) and was unable to finish her run
Team Grit Kevin Bull Lance Pekus Maggi Thorne Eliminated Qualifying Episode 4
Invincabels Abel Gonzalez Geoff Lancaster Jeri D'Aurelio Eliminated Qualifying Episode 7
Iron Grip Daniel Gil Nate Burkhalter/Scott Willson Barclay Stockett 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Finalist Eliminated during the Relay Showdown in Finals Episode 1; Nate Burkhalter injured his shoulder during the qualifying round in Finals Episode 1 and was unable to continue, and alternate Scott Willson replaced him
Karsten's Fast Kats Karsten Williams Kevin Klein Joy Strickland Eliminated in Relay Showdown Episode 5 Returned in Wildcard Episode 2 but lost in the Relay Showdown again
Lab Rats Chris Wilczewski [NB 3] / Brian Wilczewski Brian Wilczewski [NB 3] / Arnold Hernandez [NB 2] Michelle Warnky Eliminated in Relay Showdown Episode 4 Team Captain Chris Wilczewski suffered an injury during qualifying, teammate Brian Wilczewski took over his on-course role, while injury replacement Arnold Hernandez took over Brian's spot, while Chris remained captain off-course
Labreckfast Club Jesse Labreck [NB 1] Jon Alexis Jr Noel Reyes Eliminated Qualifying Episode 6 One of three teams with female captains [14]
Mega Crushers Meagan Martin [NB 1] Ian Dory Dan Yager Eliminated Qualifying Episode 2 One of three teams with female captains [14]
Ninja Brittens Geoff Britten Jessica Britten/Sarah Schoback Mike Chick Eliminated Qualifying Episode 7 Jessica Britten was replaced by Sarah Schoback due to heat exhaustion
NorCal Ninjas David Campbell Brian Kretsch/Sean Bryan Anna Shumaker Finalist Wildcard Episode 2 Originally eliminated in the Relay Showdown in Episode 1 but went on to win in Wildcard Episode 2; Brian Kretsch suffered a shoulder injury during Wildcard Episode 2 and was replaced by alternate Sean Bryan; eliminated during Qualifying in Finals Episode 2
Party Time Brian Arnold Jake Murray Jennifer Tavernier Eliminated Qualifying Episode 1
Phoenix Force Najee Richardson Dan Galiczynski Cassie Craig Eliminated Qualifying Episode 4
Real Life Beasts Drew Drechsel James McGrath Erica Cook/Sarah Schoback 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Finalist McGrath injured his shoulder during his first run in Qualifying, but was able to continue; Erica Cook had ACL injury during the knockout round in Finals Episode 2 and was replaced in the Relay Showdown by Sarah Schoback; eliminated during Relay Showdown in Finals Episode 2
Team Ronin Flip Rodriguez JJ Woods Tiana Webberley Finalist Episode 7 Eliminated during qualifying in Finals Episode 1
Storm Team Joe Moravsky Josh Levin Allyssa Beird 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
Stratis Faction Ryan Stratis Mike Bernardo Grace Sims Eliminated Qualifying Episode 6
Superhero Squad Jamie Rahn Sean Darling Hammond Rachael Goldstein Eliminated in Relay Showdown Episode 3 The Superhero Squad won the Relay Showdown on Wildcard Episode 1 but then lost to the NorCal Ninjas during the Relay Showdown on Wildcard Episode 2
Team Tarzan Ben Melick Travis Weinand Rose Wetzel Eliminated Qualifying Episode 2
Team TNT Travis Rosen Brett Sims Marybeth Wang 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up Won the Relay Showdown in Finals Episode 2 but lost to Storm Team in the Championship Relay
Think Tank Noah Kaufman Matt Wilder Asya Grechka Finalist Episode 3 Eliminated during qualifying in Finals Episode 1
Towers of Power Brandon Mears Dan Polizzi Selena Laniel Eliminated in Relay Showdown Episode 7
Tre Amigoz Tremayne Dortch Andrew Lowes Melody Schofield Eliminated Qualifying Episode 1
The Wings Thomas Stillings David Yarter Melanie Hunt Eliminated in Relay Showdown Episode 2 Returned in Wildcard Episode 1 but lost again in the Relay Showdown

Ratings[edit]

No. Episode Air date Timeslot (ET) 18-49 rating Viewers
(millions)
Daily rank
(cable)
1 "Qualifying Week 1" April 18, 2017 Tuesday 10:00 p.m. 0.31 0.942[26] 15
2 "Qualifying Week 2" April 25, 2017 0.28 0.929[27] 23
3 "Qualifying Week 3" May 2, 2017 0.30 0.862[28] 22
4 "Qualifying Week 4" May 9, 2017 0.30 0.870[29] 29
5 "Qualifying Week 5" May 16, 2017 0.27 0.848[30] 32
6 "Qualifying Week 6" May 23, 2017 0.27 0.813[31] 28
7 "Qualifying Week 7" May 30, 2017 0.37 1.117[32] 10
8 "Wildcard Week 1" June 6, 2017 0.35 1.064[33] 13
9 "Wildcard Week 2" June 13, 2017 0.30 0.954[34] 26
10 "Finals Week 1" June 20, 2017 0.38 1.170[35] 10
11 "Finals Week 2" June 27, 2017 0.33 1.010[36] 13

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

Season 3 of the show, now dubbed as American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja, premiered on March 1, 2018 with the finale airing on June 18, 2018. The competition was won by the only female-led team, Jesse “Flex” Labreck’s Labreckfast Club .

Team Name Team Captain Team Member Team Member Result Notes
All-American Ninjas Jonathan Horton/Reko Rivera Paul Hamm April Steiner Bennett Eliminated Qualifying Episode 3 Returned in Wild Card episode 1 but lost to Frostbite; Jonathan Horton injured his foot prior to Wild Card episode 1 and was unable to compete, thus he was replaced by alternate Reko Rivera
Team Alpha Brent Steffensen David Yarter Sydney Olson Eliminated Qualifying Episode 6
Average JoJo's JoJo Bynum Jimmy Bogle Jr Jessica Clayton Eliminated Qualifying Episode 5
The Ballers Lorin Ball Paul Kasemir Meiling Huang Eliminated Qualifying Playoffs Episode 4 Originally eliminated during qualifying in Episode 6, but then defeated Three Wishes to advance to the playoffs; eliminated by Team Ronin in the playoffs
Beasts from the East James McGrath Dave Cavanagh Erica Cook Eliminated Qualifying Playoffs Episode 1 Originally eliminated during qualifying in Episode 1 but then defeated the Wisco Warriors in Wild Card Episode 2 to advance to the playoffs; eliminated by Iron Grip in the playoffs
Big Dog Ninjas Jody Avila Josh Salinas Brandi Monteverde Eliminated Qualifying Episode 6 Returned in Wild Card episode 2 but lost to the Hashtag Ninjas
Brazi Bros Lucas Gomes Alexio Gomes Brittany Reid Eliminated Qualifying Episode 3
Dark Horse Lance Pekus Karson Voiles Tammy McClure Eliminated Qualifying Episode 2 Returned in Wild Card episode 1 but lost to NorCal Ninjas
Expendabulls Kevin Bull Thaddeus Robeck Maggi Thorne Eliminated Qualifying Episode 7
Frostbite Nick Hanson Jackson Meyer Zhanique Lovett Eliminated Qualifying Playoffs Episode 2 Originally eliminated during qualifying in episode 8 but then defeated the All-American Ninjas to advance to the playoffs; eliminated by Labreckfast club in the playoffs
Golden Hearts Neil Craver Grant McCartney Natalie Duran Eliminated Relay Showdown Playoffs Episode 1 Won Episode 5 to advance to the playoffs; lost to Iron Grip in relay showdown in the playoffs
Hashtag Ninjas Nicholas Coolridge Jesse La Flair Larissa Cottle Eliminated Qualifying Playoffs Episode 3 Originally eliminated during qualifying in Episode 1 but then defeated the Big Dog Ninjas to advance to the playoffs; eliminated by Party Time in the playoffs
Hazard Brigade Mike Bernardo Mike Needham Grace Sims Eliminated Qualifying Episode 9 Returned in Wild Card Episode 2 but lost to Team Wolfpack
Invincabels Abel Gonzalez Victor Juarez Marybeth Wang Eliminated Qualifying Episode 7
Iron Grip Daniel Gil Mathis Owhadi Tiana Webberley 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Finalist Won Episode 7 to advance to the playoffs; eliminated in qualifying by Team Ronin during Finals
Karsten's Fast Kats Karsten Williams Kevin Klein Lauren Keen Eliminated Qualifying Episode 3
Lab Rats Chris Wilczewski Brian Wilczewski Michelle Warnky Eliminated Relay Showdown Playoffs Episode 4 Won Episode 6 to advance to the playoffs; lost to Team Ronin in relay showdown in the playoffs
Labreckfast Club Jesse Labreck Jon Alexis Jr Chris DiGangi 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion Only team with a female captain; Won Episode 2 to advance to the playoffs and defeated Team Ronin to win the championship
Lizard Kings Hunter Guerard Kyle Soderman Sarah Schoback Eliminated Qualifying Playoffs Episode 3 Originally eliminated during qualifying in episode 7, but then defeated Midwest Muscle in Wild Card episode 1 to advance to the playoffs; eliminated by Tri-Hards in the playoffs
Midwest Muscle Tyler Yamauchi Ethan Swanson Kirsti Pratt Eliminated Qualifying Episode 2 Returned in Wild Card episode 1 but lost to Lizard Kings
NorCal Ninjas David Campbell Brian Kretsch Anna Shumaker Eliminated Qualifying Playoffs Episode 1 Originally eliminated during qualifying in episode 4,but then beat Dark Horse in Wild Card Episode 1 to advance to the playoffs; eliminated by Golden Hearts in the playoffs
Party Time Brian Arnold Jake Murray Barclay Stockett 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Finalist Won Episode 3 to advance to the playoffs; eliminated in qualifying by Labreckfast Club during Finals
Phoenix Force Najee Richardson Michael Torres Cassie Craig Eliminated Qualifying Playoffs Episode 2 Won Episode 8 to advance to the playoffs; eliminated by Team Wolfpack in the playoffs
Team Ronin Flip Rodriguez JJ Woods Meagan Martin 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up Won Episode 1 to advance to the playoffs; defeated in the championship relay by Labreckfast Club in the Finals
Superhero Squad Jamie Rahn Sean Darling-Hammond Rachael Goldstein Eliminated Qualifying Episode 9
Team Tarzan Ben Melick Travis Weinand Emmi Rose Eliminated Qualifying Episode 2
Think Tank Noah Kaufman Matt Wilder Leila Noone Eliminated Qualifying Episode 8
Three Wishes Thomas Stillings Brian Burkhardt/Geoff Lancaster Brittany Hanks Eliminated Qualifying Episode 5 Brian Burkhardt injured his shoulder during the first Relay Showdown and was replaced in the second by alternate Geoff Lancaster; returned in Wild Card episode 2 but lost to the Ballers
Team TNT Travis Rosen Brett Sims Emily Durham Eliminated Qualifying Episode 8
Towers of Power Dan Polizzi Nate Burkhalter Selena Laniel Eliminated Qualifying Episode 5
Tre Amigoz Tremayne Dortch Andrew Lowes Meghan Beatty Eliminated Qualifying Episode 4
Tri-Hards Sean Bryan Adam Rayl Rebekah Bonilla Eliminated Relay Showdown Playoffs Episode 3 Won Episode 9 to advance to the playoffs; lost to Party Time in relay showdown in the playoffs
West Coast Warriors Alan Connealy JB Douglas Lindsey Eskildsen Eliminated Qualifying Episode 1
Wisco Warriors Drew Knapp Andrew Philibeck Sara Heesen/Christine Ahn Eliminated Qualifying Episode 9 Returned in Wild Card Episode 2 but lost to the Beasts from the East; Sara Heesen injured her sternum during qualifying in Episode 9 and was replaced in the Wild Card round by alternate Christine Ahn
Team Wolfpack Ian Dory Dan Yager Jeri D'Aurelio Eliminated Relay Showdown Playoffs Episode 2 Originally eliminated during qualifying in Episode 4 but then defeated Hazard Brigade to advance to the playoffs; lost to Labreckfast club in relay showdown in the playoffs
Young Bloods Tyler Gillett Kevin Carbone Bree Widener Eliminated Qualifying Playoffs Episode 4 Won Episode 4 to advance to the playoffs; eliminated by Lab Rats in the playoffs

Ratings[edit]

No. Episode Air date Timeslot (ET) 18-49 rating Viewers
(millions)
Daily rank
(cable)
1 "Qualifying Episode 1" March 1, 2018 Thursday 9:00 p.m. 0.21 0.626[37] 48
2 "Qualifying Episode 2" March 8, 2018 0.22 0.692[38] 35
3 "Qualifying Episode 3" March 15, 2018 0.21 0.600[39] 51
4 "Qualifying Episode 4" March 22, 2018 0.22 0.647[40] 38
5 "Qualifying Episode 5" March 29, 2018 0.21 0.633[41] 41
6 "Qualifying Episode 6" April 5, 2018 0.21 0.599[42] 35
7 "Qualifying Episode 7" April 9, 2018 Monday 11:05 p.m. 0.31 0.759[43] 21
8 "Qualifying Episode 8" April 16, 2018 0.32 0.818[44] 21
9 "Qualifying Episode 9" April 23, 2018 0.23 0.717[45] 33
10 "Wildcard Episode 1" April 30, 2018 0.29 0.780[46] 22
11 "Wildcard Episode 2" May 7, 2018 0.24 0.712[47] 27
12 "Playoffs Episode 1" May 14, 2018 0.27 0.739[48] 20
13 "Playoffs Episode 2" May 28, 2018 0.24 0.774[49] 34
14 "Playoffs Episode 3" June 4, 2018 0.23 0.725[50] 32
15 "Playoffs Episode 4" June 11, 2018 0.32 0.839[51] 21
16 "The Finals" June 18, 2018 0.25 0.761[52] 27

Ratings[edit]

Season Time slot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended Network TV season Title
Date Premiere viewers
(millions)
Date Finale viewers
(millions)
1 Tuesday 8:00 pm 8
January 19, 2016
0.281[16]
March 8, 2016
0.295[22] Esquire Network 2015-16 Team Ninja Warrior
College Madness 5
November 22, 2016
N/A
December 20, 2016
N/A 2016-17
2 Tuesday 10:00 pm 11
April 18, 2017
0.942[26]
June 27, 2017
1.010[36] USA
3 Thursday 9:00 pm (1-6)
Monday 11:05 pm (7-16)
16
March 1, 2018
0.626[37]
June 18, 2018
0.761[52] 2017-18 American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja

Spin-offs[edit]

American Ninja Warrior Junior[edit]

American Ninja Warrior Junior is a children's variant edition of Ninja vs. Ninja premiering in 2018. Unlike Team Ninja Warrior, there are no teams in ANWjr, with each child competing for themselves, head-to-head against another child competitor.

Foreign editions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Woman captain
  2. ^ a b c d Original team member was injured and replaced by an alternate
  3. ^ a b c The captain was injured and remained captain while existing team member took over as top team competitor

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