Monday, September 12, 2016

American Ninja Warrior: And the Winner is…No One!

Drew Drechesel and Daniel Gil made it through the farthest on ANW 2016.
(L-R) Drew Drechsel and Daniel Gil (NBC)
After news from NBC that American Ninja Warrior will be renewed for another season next summer, tonight’s finale ended with no winning ninjas. This might sound unbelievable if you are not familiar with the show, but of the five seasons so far, only two contestants made it through all four stages of American Ninja Warrior and that was that last year.

Out of a relatively small group of finalists this season, just two made it through round two out of four. While neither won the million dollar prize, both Drew Drechsel and Daniel Gil won the respect of all of the other competing ninjas and those of us at home who wouldn't have made it past the first obstacle. If you missed tonight’s show, if will be repeated tomorrow night on Esquire Network at 8:00 p.m.

This year’s season of American Ninja Warrior drew the most-ever submissions reaching an all-time high of 70,000 entries last spring. It also grew in total viewers (7.2 million viewers before tonight’s presentation) and the show even won it first Emmy Nomination.

“We are in constant awe of the extraordinary athletes on ‘American Ninja Warrior’ who make the show as exhilarating to watch as it is to produce,” said Adam Stotsky, President, E! and Esquire Network. "It is incredibly exciting how the series has evolved from an unconventional Japanese game show with a cult following to the global hit phenomenon that it is today in partnership with NBC – and we are looking forward to many more seasons to come.”

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