ANW and Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge Premier Dates Announced

ANW and Spartan NBChas announced its schedule for the summer

NBC has announced its schedule for the summer — a lineup that includes the debuts of series including comedy Marlon, reality competition World of Dance and supernatural drama Midnight, Texas, along with the returns of The Carmichael Show, The Night Shift, mid season 2016 breakout Little Big Shots, seasonal staple America’s Got Talent and others.

Also arriving for summer are competition series Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (Season 2), mid season game show The Wall (Season 2), veteran Hollywood Game Night (Season 5) and the previously announced prime time go-round for Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update.


The Emmy Award-nominated “American Ninja Warrior” returns for its sixth full season on NBC. Matt Iseman is back as host, along with Akbar Gbajabiamila and co-host Kristine Leahy.

The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1 million.                                         

This season the show will make stops in Los Angeles, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Denver, Colo., before heading to Las Vegas for the national finals.

Last year “American Ninja Warrior” delivered its most-watched season ever, averaging 7.2 million viewers, and was a top-10 summer series among primetime programs on the Big 4 networks in every key ratings measure.


Inspired by Spartan Race — the creators of the world’s most demanding obstacle course races — “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” raises the bar on team competitions. Groups of friends, families, co-workers and more must work together to test their determination, endurance and will. Teams of five will compete on one the most demanding courses ever devised and will have to push through the pain to win $250,000.

In its first season last year, “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” averaged a 1.3 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers overall and delivered a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 118 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).