It’s Australian Ninja Warrior premiere v House Rules finale

Sunday July 9 is looming as an epic showdown between Nine and Seven.

While Seven has confirmed its House Rules finale, Nine has announced the premiere of Australian Ninja Warrior.

Both will screen at 7pm Sunday July 9.

House Rules has been enjoying solid numbers but Nine is pitting its muscle, head on.

The 9 episode Ninja Warrior series, filmed at Cockatoo Island, is based on a long-running Japanese format. Hosts Rebecca Maddern and Ben Fordham are joined by Freddie Flintoff as sideline reporter. On offer is the series title -no cash prize has been announced.

Nine’s Head of Content, Production and Development, Adrian Swift, said: “Ninja Warrior is the toughest obstacle course in the world and now it’s in Australia. Over the coming weeks we’ll see which of Australia’s strongest, fastest, lithest, most dextrous athletes can take on – and beat – this mountain of steel that has risen out of Ninja Island.

“Men and women have come from every corner of Australia and they’re all desperate to take on the course and become Australia’s very first Ninja Warrior.”

For 250 ordinary mums and dads, doctors, tradies, everyday heroes, athletes – even celebrities – the wait is finally over and Australia’s supreme competitors will gather in the quest for one goal: to claim the crown of Australia’s first Ninja Warrior.

This diverse range of competitors will line up to take their shot at the most difficult obstacle course in the world, with Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham and Freddie Flintoff calling their every move on Ninja Island.

Ninja Warrior, a smash-hit, worldwide phenomenon that has aired for 31 seasons globally, will offer a gripping mix of heart-pounding action and inspiring back stories when these everyday heroes push themselves beyond their physical and emotional limits to claim the title.

It’s an explosive start as Episode One features six character-building obstacles: The Quintuple Steps, Silk Slider, Bridge of Blades, Tyre Swing to Cargo Net, Double Tilt Ladder, and the infamous Warped Wall.

Hang on tight when some rise but most fall in their quest to conquer Mt Midoriyama on this mind-blowing obstacle course and be crowned the first Australian Ninja Warrior.


  1. Monday July 10, disappointing numbers for channel 9’s new show, up against a finally of a consistently 1m rating show, more over by premiering not a new show, but an Aussie version of an existing show. Channel 9 exec’s today said- we don’t know why it didn’t rate better, but we are confident it will build over time…it can’t be that bloody hard….

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