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  1. Just caught up on the ANW finale and absolutely loved it. Yes, the course seems impossible but it’s meant to be. Very proud to see the rock climbing contingent and a strong WA representation get so far, too. Now I’m going to start aggressively training for the S2 tryouts.

  2. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this show, considering I don’t like “reality”, and it was basically a more serious version of Wipeout or It’s A Knockout. Yet I was still on the edge of my seat each time someone ran the course. (Sometimes it was just as much about seeing them crash out, haha). Could have done without the commentary from the sidelines but, all in all, I think it was just that little bit different and new enough to pull in even those, like me, who aren’t into the genre.

    I only hope, like others have stated, Nine don’t overdo a good thing and give us too much of it, or that Seven and Ten quickly pump out imitators.

  3. In the American version they now move a specific number of the top women competitors through the rounds so there are some guaranteed in the finals. It would be good if they do that here too. It’s all well and good to say that women and men are treated equally (have to run the exact same course) but parts of the course are more geared to men than women, particularly those that rely on grip strength. Scientific studies have shown that even the most elite women athletes can’t match even mediocre men athletes on grip strength. At least giving some women a crack at the final stages would be fair, they would still have to complete the final course exactly the same.

  4. Seven’s horror Tuesdays continue, now joined by Ten. Don’t understand Ten holding Shark Tank for a week – they usually run normal programming against big events. Was it to avoid a lower season average for the show? I notice Studio 10 is now split into 3 figures. Seven have their own Ninja Warrior type show, that they’ve been sitting on since last year – Cannonball.

  5. I wonder if 9 will pump out another series before years end?? If not you can guarantee they will have 2 series next year, at only 3 weeks long, as long as they keep it at that its a sure fire hit for twice a year

  6. Interestingly, the past 3 years, the highest-rating program has each received 2.1m.

    2015: MasterChef winner
    2016: Molly Part 1 (The Block winner in overnight)
    2017: Ninja Warrior final stage

  7. No one will ever reach Mount Origami, (or whatever its called) as 65 seconds is ridiculously too short a time to conquer the obstacles and reach it. Make it 90 seconds and maybe I’ll watch it next year.

    • Agree!!
      65 secs is virtually impossible.
      Even the very able and talented contestants such as rockclimber, Tom O’Hallaron and the young chippy with the headband and Sideshow Bob hair found it too hard.
      3 mins for that first leg would be more reasonable.
      A real letdown for viewers when no-one even looks close to getting through that last challenge.

  8. jezza the first original one

    I haven’t watched Ninja, but what a great quick hit series for ch9 to have in their pocket. It comes in and smashes the finales of their rivals shows. And a 3 week blast keeps viewers wanting more….smash & grab programming at its best. Programmers get plenty of grief on here (quite rightly most of the time), so you have to take your hats off to the ch9 crew for this epic win. The only advice from me would be to keep it short and only use it once or twice a year..

  9. I watched most of the ANW finale, as someone who hasn’t watched a full episode of it before I found it quite entertaining. I can see why it is so popular

  10. Was a boring ep of Ninja Warrior though. The 1st stage we’d seen before and knew that, on their 3rd go round, a few would make mistakes but most would cruise through. Stage 3 looked interesting, but nobody got to it. In this respect it looked more like the Japanese and US versions, lots of people boasting before all of them fall in the water. Took 10 minutes to watch the Stage 2 and discover that.

    • Well I was on the edge of my tenterhooks the entire time.

      Great to see such a difficult final course as well. Makes you want to watch next year to see if anybody makes it.

      If it was easier it would definitely be boring.

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