'American Ninja Warrior' Sets Two-Hour Season 12 Premiere at NBC

American Ninja Warrior
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NBC has set its Season 12 premiere date for American Ninja Warrior. Mark your calendars because the fierce physical competition is set to begin on Monday, September 7, with a special two-hour premiere episode.

This season 50 athletes will bring along two other people from their communities to compete alongside them for a total of 150 competitors. Featuring an abridged format, this series will include multiple rounds such as Qualifiers (6 obstacle course), Semi-Finals (10 obstacle course) and Finals (10 obstacle course + Power Tower playoff bracket).

In order to determine a winner during the Finals, the top eight ninjas will compete in a playoff bracket where they'll have to race head-to-head on the Power Tower for a chance to win $100,000. Production for the eight-episode series took place in St. Louis at the Dome of America's Center, and American Ninja Warrior is NBC's first series to have completed a full season of episodes during the ongoing pandemic.

American Ninja Warrior

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Executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed alongside Brian Richardson, Anthony Storm and Kristen Stabile, American Ninja Warrior remains a hit for the network. During the show's most recent cycle last summer, it averaged a 1.1. rating in adults 18-49 with 5.4 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" Nielsens.

The show's cycle last year also scored as Monday's most-watched program on the Big 4 networks with each of its last five telecasts. Can it keep that record up? The show is anything but afraid of some friendly competition.

American Ninja Warrior, Season 12 Premiere, 8/7c, NBC