truTV's Impractical Jokers Live: Nitro Circus Spectacular a Multiplatform Hit!
Friday, November 4, 2016
Series’ Two-Hour Season Five Finale Ranked as truTV’s #1 Telecast of the Year
With 1.2 Million Total Viewers and More Than 188 Million Total Social Impressions
truTV's Impractical Jokers Live: Nitro Circus Spectacular proved to be spectacular indeed, with more than 1.2 million fans tuning in to watch the two-hour live event on Thursday, November 3, making it the network’s most-watched telecast of the year among key demos. The special also dominated its time period as the #1 cable entertainment program with all 18-49 and 18-34 demos. The show was trending across social media throughout the evening, with more than 188 million combined impressions and nearly 100,000 fan votes cast to determine – for the first time in the show’s history – which of the four Jokers would be punished. The celebratory event capped off the Impractical Jokers’ fifth season on truTV and was broadcast live in front of more than 6,000 fans at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Impractical Jokers Live: Nitro Circus Spectacular marks the series’ biggest and most ambitious episode yet, as Joe, Murr, Q and Sal partnered with Nitro Circus, the world’s leading youth action sports and entertainment brand, to overcome their nerves to claim victory for ultimate bragging rights – and their favorite charity. The supersized special was co-hosted by extreme sports superstar and face of Nitro Circus Travis Pastrana and NFL Network’s Kay Adams. It kicked off its first hour with a trademark challenge to determine who would be subjected to the first of the night’s two live punishments. Murr came out the loser and found himself strapped to a dolly as the high-flying athletes from Nitro Circus sailed by on their motorbikes only a few inches overhead.
The second hour featured a grueling obstacle course comprised of trampolines, pit bikes and quads, a “Tire Baby Alley,” a bridge over “Scoopski Potatoes” and more. More disappointed than even his biggest fans, Q broke the news that due to an injury sustained in training, he was unable to complete in the Obstacle Course – but he revealed a special friend to run in his place – none other than *NSYNC star (and honorary Joker) Joey Fatone! Joe, Sal, Joey (coached by Q) and Murr all took turns tackling the course, and in the end, Murr ferreted his way through the course in the fastest time and won the grand prize of $100,000 on behalf of his charity, Make-A-Wish®. But no one really went home a loser on the course as the charities for the other three Jokers -- St Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Sal, Pop Culture Hero Coalition for Joe and Stephen Siller Tunnel of Towers for Q – each received $20,000.
Finally, through an enormously-successful fan vote via Twitter that yielded nearly 100,000 votes, fans had the last laugh and selected Sal as the losing Joker to endure the final punishment of season five. Strapped into a harness, Sal was lifted high into the rafters, taking several heart-stopping swings around Prudential Center. The punishment culminated in Sal taking one final swing covering the entire length of the arena and being crashed into a massive wall of cake as confetti rained down and all four Jokers celebrated.
Impractical Jokers is produced for truTV by NorthSouth Productions (Milwaukee Blacksmiths, Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta), with Charlie DeBevoise, Pete McPartland Jr., Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano serving as executive producers. With the season five finale now in the books, the guys are currently in production on season six, which will debut on truTV in February.
Links to Highlight Reel and Clips:
Q Details His Injury and Reveals Joey Fatone
Murr’s Live Punishment
Joe’s Obstacle Course Highlights
Sal’s Obstacle Course Highlights
Joey Fatone’s Obstacle Course Highlights
Murr’s Obstacle Course Highlights
Sal’s Live Punishment
About Nitro Circus
Named #22 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of America’s Most Promising Companies, Nitro Circus continues to position itself as the world’s leading youth action sports & entertainment brand. From humble beginnings in 2003 – with Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey and extreme sports superstar Travis Pastrana producing DVDs from a Utah garage -- to a smash TV series which has aired in over 60 countries, Nitro Circus has exploded to global popularity. In 2012, Nitro Circus: The Movie, featuring cast members from the hit television series, was released in cinemas worldwide. In 2015, Nitro Circus announced a partnership with NBC Sports Ventures. The multi-year strategic alliance will feature TV specials and series programming airing nationally in the U.S. on NBC and NBCSN as well as streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.
The TV show was transformed by current CEO and action sports industry guru Michael Porra into a must-see live event in 2010, creating the global touring phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live. Since its inaugural Australian trek six years ago, the show has travelled the globe, obliterating box office records and cultivating a legion of diehard fans. Nitro Circus has now rolled across five continents, blown away over two million fans and sold-out shows in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, the Middle East and South Africa. After close to 100 shows globally in 2015 and with a packed 2016 touring schedule on the books, Nitro Circus is the world’s most successful action sports touring brand.
About Prudential Center
Prudential Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year. Ranked in the Top 10 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States, and welcomes 1.75 million guests annually. For more information about Prudential Center, visit PruCenter.com and follow the arena on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PruCenter.
About The Tenderloins
The Tenderloins, a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Now in its 5th season and recently greenlit for a 6th season, Impractical Jokers follows The Tenderloins as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. With each new season, the show continues to take dares to outrageous levels with new over-the-top hijinks.
The Troupe have toured steadily nationwide over the last two years with their highly successful “truTV Impractical Jokers ‘Where’s Larry?’ Tour Starring the Tenderloins,” playing to thousands of fans per market including a recent 3-night sold out run at New York’s historic Radio City Music Hall. The new tour, “Santiago Sent Us,” continues on The Tenderloins’ success on the road, broadening the live show’s reach in the US and the United Kingdom. Natives of Staten Island, NY, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn met while attending high school and later formed The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe in 1999. After years of performing live improv and sketch comedy shows, The Tenderloins crossed over to the web, garnering millions of views for their internet sketches, eventually creating the runaway success Impractical Jokers for truTV. Impractical Jokers is top 5 in its timeslot on cable in the US and is the #1 show in the United Kingdom, airing on Comedy Central.
Seen across multiple platforms in 90 million households, truTV delivers a fresh and unexpected take on comedy with such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, Billy on the Street, The Carbonaro Effect, Adam Ruins Everything, Hack My Life and Fameless, as well as the original scripted comedy Those Who Can't. And the fun doesn't stop there. truTV is also a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
truTV is part of Turner, a Time Warner company. Turner creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.
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