There’s no surprise here that Nine has renewed Australian Ninja Warrior for 2018.
Last night cemented its place as the biggest hit show of 2017, with ‘The Final Stage’ of the competition drawing an average national TV audience of 3.087 million.
Not only is Australian Ninja Warrior the biggest new show to launch since 2012, but last night’s grand final result brings the current consolidated national average TV audience for its three-week season to a massive 2.454 million per episode (5 City: 1.727 million / Regional: 726,000).
The reception for Australian Ninja Warrior has been phenomenal, and the team at Endemol Shine Australia has to be commended on the brilliant show they have delivered,” said Michael Healy, Nine’s Director of Television.
“We are thrilled to see Australian audiences responding so strongly to a new format. The result is driven by appointment family viewing, and it demonstrates the power of free-to-air television to aggregate mass audiences.”
Viewers can look forward to another successful season of Australian Ninja Warrior in 2018 and has today confirmed that the 2017 prize money of $100,000 would be rolled over for next year creating a $200,000 prize and will continue to increase, until a contestant conquers Mount Midoriyama.
“Australian Ninja Warrior will return for a second series in 2018 and we are excited to see not only all of our favourite Ninja contestants from series one return but a host of new Australian Ninja’s inspired by the show,” said Healy.
“For the second series in 2018 we will roll over the prize money not won in series one, creating a prize of $200,000 if an Australian Ninja Warrior can conquer Mount Midoriyama.”
Nine and Endemol Shine has already opened up applications for 2018. Those seeking to conquer the world’s toughest obstacle course can enter here.