American Ninja Warrior (season 3)

The third season of American Ninja Warrior began airing on July 31, 2011, on G4. Tryouts took place in May 2011 at Venice Beach, California. After the tryouts, the top 15 competitors competed in Ninja Warrior Boot Camp with the top 10 moving on to Japan for the finals of the competition as a part of Sasuke 27 and a chance at becoming the first American to conquer the course and win a $500,000 endorsement deal with K-Swiss. No competitors made it beyond stage 3.

American Ninja Warrior (season 3)
Broadcast fromJune 11 (2011-06-11) –
July 22, 2011 (2011-07-22)
Host(s)Matt Iseman
Jimmy Smith
Alison Haislip
BroadcasterG4
NBC
Competitors300+
Chronology

The final episode aired on August 22, 2011, as a two-hour primetime special on NBC.[1][2]

This season was once again hosted by Matt Iseman and Jimmy Smith, with Alison Haislip as a sideline reporter.

QualifyingEdit

Over 300 competitors took part in the tryouts in Venice Beach, CA on May 16, 2011, and May 17, 2011. Those who made it past qualifying, city finals, and boot-camp in the California Mountains advanced to Stage 1 at Sasuke 27.

Boot CampEdit

15 competitors from the semi-finals tried ninja Boot Camp. The ninjas were divided into three teams of five: the red dragons, blue monkeys, and white tigers. Ten would make it at the end, and five would be sent home. Every week there would be challenges the ninjas would have to face. The losing teams would send two of their members to the heavenly ropes. Two people would be sent up the rope, and the person that hit the buzzer at the top first would move on and continue the boot camp until they either were sent home or made it to "Sasuke 27". The losing person would be sent home, failing to make it to Japan. The five that were eliminated in boot camp were Dustin Rocho, Chris Wilczewski, Brandon Douglass, Alan Conneally, and Brian Orosco.


Notable competitorsEdit

Mount MidoriyamaEdit

Stage 1Edit

Order # Finalist Result Notes
1 David Campbell Finished (44.32 seconds left) Sasuke First Stage speed record.
2 Travis Furlanic Finished (43.90 seconds left)
3 Brent Steffensen Finished (32.92 seconds left)
4 Paul Kasemir Finished (26.55 seconds left)
5 James McGrath Finished (22.24 seconds left)
6 Travis Rosen Finished (21.70 seconds left)
7 David "Flip" Rodriguez Finished (17.73 seconds left)
8 Ryan Stratis Finished (13.97 seconds left)
9 Jake Smith Finished (7.35 seconds left)
10 Drew Drechsel Withdrew on Warped Wall Injured right knee on Half Pipe Attack landing.

Stage 2Edit

Order # Finalist Result Notes
1 James McGrath Finished (18.84 seconds left)
2 Ryan Stratis Finished (18.10 seconds left)
3 David Campbell Finished (15.28 seconds left)
4 Paul Kasemir Finished (4.98 seconds left)
5 Travis Furlanic Failed on Metal Spin Lost grip on chain.
6 Travis Rosen Failed on Metal Spin Grabbed chain above head.
7 Brent Steffensen Failed on Metal Spin Grabbed chain above head.
8 Jake Smith Failed on Double Salmon Ladder Seventh level.
9 David "Flip" Rodriguez Failed on Slider Drop Derailed bar on drop.

Stage 3Edit

Order # Finalist Result Notes
1 David Campbell Failed on Ultimate Cliffhanger Lost grip on sixth ledge.
2 James McGrath Failed on Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to fifth ledge.
3 Paul Kasemir Failed on Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to fifth ledge.
4 Ryan Stratis Failed on Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to fourth ledge.

RatingsEdit

Network Episode Air date Timeslot 18–49 rating Viewers
(millions)
Ref.
G4 1 "Part 1 of 10" July 31, 2011 Sunday 9:00 p.m. 0.2 0.384 [3]
2 "Part 2 of 10" Sunday 10:00 p.m. 0.1 0.350
3 "Part 3 of 10" August 7, 2011 Sunday 9:00 p.m. 0.1 0.292 [4]
4 "Part 4 of 10" Sunday 10:00 p.m. 0.1 0.329
5 "Part 5 of 10" August 14, 2011 Sunday 9:00 p.m. 0.1 0.216 [5]
6 "Part 6 of 10" Sunday 10:00 p.m. 0.1 0.244
7 "Part 7 of 10" August 21, 2011 Sunday 9:00 p.m. 0.1 0.296 [6]
8 "Part 8 of 10" Sunday 10:00 p.m. 0.1 0.251
NBC 9 "Part 9 of 10" August 22, 2011 Monday 9:00 p.m. 1.7 4.103 [7]
10 "Part 10 of 10"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ O'Hare, Kate (2011). "'American Ninja Warrior' storms Japan's Mount Midoriyama". Zap2it. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  2. ^ Hale, Mike (2011). "A 'Ninja Warrior' Upgrade Into Network Prime Time". New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  3. ^ "Sunday's Cable Ratings: "True Blood" Still on Top for HBO". The Futon Critic. August 4, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Sunday's Cable Ratings: Big Finish for TNT's "Falling Skies"". The Futon Critic. August 9, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Sunday's Cable Ratings: "Next Food Network Star" Wraps With Season High". The Futon Critic. August 16, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Sunday's Cable Ratings: Season Highs for "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," "True Blood"". The Futon Critic. August 16, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "NBC Weekly Ratings - "America's Got Talent" and "American Ninja Warrior" Lead Network's Primetime Week of May 21-27". The Futon Critic. May 30, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2018.