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"AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: USA VS. JAPAN"
01/13/2014 (08:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : 'AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR' PRESENTS THE FIRST EVER INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AS 'TEAM USA' BATTLES AGAINST 'TEAM JAPAN' IN AN ACTION-PACKED TWO HOUR SPECIAL - HOSTED BY MATT ISEMAN AND AKBAR GBAJA BIAMILA WITH JENN BROWN CO-HOSTING - Five top American competitors from "American Ninja Warrior" will compete against five of the most accomplished Japanese contenders from "Sasuke" in a high stakes battle for international dominance. Representing Team USA are Brian Arnold, Paul Kasemir, James McGrath, Travis Rosen and Brent Steffensen, who will compete against Team Japan's Kazuma Asa, Hitoshi Kanno, Ryo Matachi, Shingo Yamamoto and two-time "Sasuke" Grand Champion Yuji Urushihara. Contestants will tackle all four stages of the Las Vegas "finals" course in a new head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another. In the end, the championship trophy and international bragging rights will go to the victors in this inaugural USA vs. Japan contest. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja Biamila host and Jenn Brown co-hosts.
DESCRIPTION: (from NBC's press release, March 2015) The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both qualifying and finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete a 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 in Japan. Matt Iseman serves as host, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbaja Biamila (NFL Network). "American Ninja Warrior" delivered a 2.0 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers overall last summer and was up versus the prior summer by +11% in 18-49 rating (2.0 vs. 1.8) and up +7% in total viewers (5.9 million vs. 5.6 million). The Sept. 9, 2014 season finale improved versus the year-earlier finale by +20% in adults 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.5) and +31% in total viewers (5.3 million vs. 4.0 million).