ADDITIONAL NOTES: renewed through the 2015-16 season (the show's eighth) on 8/13/15
DESCRIPTION: (from NBC's press release, August 2015) NBC's summer sensation, "American Ninja Warrior," has been renewed for a fifth season on the network. The hugely popular obstacle course competition series hosted by Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, and co-hosted by Kristine Leahy, has set ratings records in its current fourth season on NBC. The series is produced in association with Esquire Network. So far this summer, "American Ninja Warrior" is averaging a 2.2 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 and 7.1 million viewers overall in "most current" results from Nielsen Media Research, for an increase +10% versus last summer in 18-49 (2.2 vs. 2.0) and +23% in total viewers (7.1 million vs. 5.8 million). "Ninja" is matching its best season to date at this point in the summer in 18-49 and is delivering its top season outright at this point in total viewers. In preliminary "fast affiliate" Nielsens, this week's telecast set a "live plus same day" series record in total viewers (7.0 million). The season finale will air on NBC Monday, Sept. 14 in a special three-hour telecast (8-11 p.m.) with an encore presentation on Esquire Network, Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.