Looking to create strong family-friendly viewing on Sundays beginning March 11, NBC will air its annual three-hour “American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World” special at 7 p.m. ET.
Only two weeks following the conclusion of the Winter Olympics, this special will once again bring athletes from around the globe together for intense competition. Four teams from North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia will battle on the tough, four-stage national finals course featured in “American Ninja Warrior.”
Team USA features impressive veteran ninjas Drew Drechsel and “The Weatherman” Joe Moravsky. A speedy competitor, Drechsel has qualified for the finals in Las Vegas five times and made it to Stage 3 two times. Five-time competitor Moravsky has made it to Stage 3 on the Las Vegas finals course three times, more than any other athlete in the competition. Also joining Team USA this year are former nationally ranked gymnast and head coach/trainer Najee “The Phoenix” Richardson and Sean Bryan, the “Papal Ninja.” Bryan is also a former competitive gymnast and NCAA athlete who enjoyed a breakout season on “American Ninja Warrior” this past summer.
Contestants will tackle “American Ninja Warrior’s” punishing Las Vegas finals course in a head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another.
Last year’s telecast of “American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World” ranked as the #1 non-sports-related show of the night on the broadcast networks in adults 18-49 and in “live plus seven day” figures, the special rose to a 1.4 rating in 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall.