The athletic competition returns in June.
March 30, 2023
NBC announced today that American Ninja Warrior is coming back for Season 15 - its 12th on the network. The veteran athletic competition has become a summer staple, garnering consistently-solid ratings that perform well against its time slot competition.
Based on the Japanese series 'Sasuke,' which is now in its 40th season, American Ninja Warrior began its stateside run in 2009 on the now-defunct cable channel G4 before moving to NBC in 2012.
The show closely mirrors the original Japanese format, featuring athletes from all walks of life taking on a series of extreme obstacle courses in city finals around the country. Those advancing move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, which features a four-stage course that closely resembles Japan's well-known Mount Midoriyama course.
Season 15 of American Ninja Warrior premieres on Monday, June 5 at 8:00pm.
I started to lose interest when the top five women moved on to the next level whether they qualified or not.
What made this competition special in the beginning was that women competed on a level playing field with the men. The "top five" rule ended that.