Australian Ninja Warrior

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Australian Ninja Warrior
GenreSports entertainment
Created byUshio Higuchi
Presented by
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes21
Production location(s)Cockatoo Island (2017-2018)
Melbourne, Victoria (2019-)
Running time1 hour and 20 minutes
(without ads)
Production company(s)Endemol Shine Australia
Original networkNine Network
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release9 July 2017 (2017-07-09) –
Related showsSasuke
American Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior UK
Sasuke Ninja Warrior Indonesia

Australian Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the Japanese television series Sasuke which premiered on 9 July 2017 on the Nine Network.[1]


The series was announced in 2016 with applications open until 9 September 2016, with filming between November & December 2016 on Cockatoo Island.[2] The series was officially confirmed at Nine's upfronts in November 2016 with Rebecca Maddern announced as host.[3][4] A few days after the announcement, Ben Fordham was announced as second host & Freddie Flintoff as the series' sideline reporter.[5] The series began airing on 9 July 2017.[1]

The series was renewed for a second season during the season one final which was filmed between December 2017 & January 2018, with applications that closed by 3 September 2017.[6][7] On 11 October 2017, the series was officially confirmed for renewal at Nine’s upfronts, also confirming Fordham, Maddern & Flintoff returning for the second season.[8] The second season began airing on 8 July 2018.[9]


Potential contestants go through a rigorous series of obstacles before the possibility of becoming the next Australian Ninja Warrior and win a cash prize, starting at $100,000. If there is no winner in a season the prize will jackpot and rise by $100,000 until someone eventually conquers Mount Midoriyama.

For the 3rd season, the format will change slightly. The most successful contestant will be guaranteed to win $100,000 should they not conquer the course, but will win the growing jackpot should they conquer the course (which for the 3rd season, is set at $300,000).[10]

Series overview[edit]

Season Originally aired Host(s) Sideline reporter Prize
Premiere Finale
1 9 July 2017 25 July 2017 Rebecca Maddern
Ben Fordham
Freddie Flintoff $100,000
2 8 July 2018 31 July 2018 $200,000

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

The first season premiered on 9 July, 2017, on Nine Network and concluded on 25 July, 2017. The season was filmed on Cockatoo Island, Sydney where 50 ninjas ran in each of the six qualifying heats, with the top 18 from each heat moving on to the Semi Finals. From the three semi finals, the top 7 competitors moved on to the Grand Final. 9 Competitors finished stage one of the Grand Final, but none completed stage two.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

The second season premiered on 8 July, 2018, on Nine Network. The season was filmed on Cockatoo Island, Sydney. In this season there was a total of over 300 ninjas, each was placed into one of the six heats, with the top 20 in each heat advancing to the Semi Finals. In each of the four Semi Finals, the top 8 competitors continued to the Grand Final. In the Grand Final, stage one was completed by 24 competitors, though none of them completed stage two.


Season Episodes Premiered Ended Season average Network
Date Premiere viewers
Date Finale viewers
Final stage viewers
1 9
9 July 2017
25 July 2017
2.038[12] 2.145[12] 1.795 Nine Network
2 12
8 July 2018
31 July 2018
1.088[14] 1.139[14] 0.978

International broadcasts[edit]

On Australia Day, UK game show based channel, Challenge, announced that beginning from 18 February 2018, it would start airing episodes of Australian Ninja Warrior.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Template:Cite Ronald George Hawkins has the fastest time lap at the age of 86
  2. ^ "ANW season 1 application". My Casting Net. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. ^ Knox, David (8 November 2016). "Nine Upfronts 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Nine in 2017". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ Knox, David (28 November 2016). "Ben Fordham, Freddie Flintoff join ANW". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. ^ Knox, David (26 July 2017). "Renewed: Australian Ninja Warrior". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  7. ^ "ANW season 2 application". My Casting Net. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  8. ^ Knox, David (11 October 2017). "Renewals underpin Nine's 2018 slate". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  9. ^ Knox, David (25 June 2018). "Returning: Australian Ninja Warrior". TV Tonight. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
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  11. ^ Knox, David (10 July 2017). "Sunday 9 July 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  12. ^ a b Knox, David (26 July 2017). "Tuesday 25 July 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  13. ^ Knox, David (9 July 2018). "Sunday 8 July 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  14. ^ a b Knox, David (31 July 2018). "Tuesday 31 July 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  15. ^ "**New Show Alert**Happy #Strayaday all . To celebrate the big day down under we thought we'd let you all know that Ninja Warrior Australia is winging it's way from down under to Challenge TV next month. What a ripper!". Twitter. 26 January 2018.

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