Hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, along with sideline reporter Zuri Hall, the action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. This year, "American Ninja Warrior" makes stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Seattle/Tacoma, shooting indoors for the first time at the famed Tacoma Dome.
Last season, the show introduced some significant changes, including an 18-foot Mega Warped Wall, which allowed competitors to instantly win $10,000, and lowered the age limit from 21 to 19, ushering in a new generation of ninjas. This season, several new obstacles and rule changes await the competitors, including a challenging twist to the Mega Warped Wall and the introduction of bonus obstacles that offer a competitive edge.
Ninjas who successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a multi-stage course with up to 23 obstacles. The ninja who completes all four stages - including the final 75-foot rope climb - takes home a grand prize of $1 million. If no competitor finishes all four stages, the ninja that advances the farthest (and the fastest) on the course, also known as the "last ninja standing," will take home $100,000.