Spike Inks Season 9 Of Ink Master

March 29, 2016

Spike has greenlit a new season of the highly rated hit original tattoo-competition series, Ink Master. Season 9 will consist of 15 one-hour episodes plus a LIVE finale and will debut in 2017. The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, executive vice president, original series, Spike.  

Ink Master is currently in its 7th season and is averaging a robust 1.8 million viewers in its Tuesday timeslot. The Spike original series is delivering triple-digit gains this season in the timeslot for Adults 18-49 (+252%) and Adults 18-34 (+286%) and is ranked #2 on cable with Adults 18-49 and #2 with Women 18-49. Ink Master is drawing a 55% female audience, demonstrating the network's ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

Last fall, Season 6 of Ink Master averaged 2.4 million viewers, the highest tally in franchise history. 

Season 8 of Ink Master will debut this August.

"The Ink Master franchise has been a major driver in Spike's successful shift to general entertainment," said Levy. "The continued ratings growth is a result of the creativity and ingenuity of our partners at Original Media and our phenomenal hosting/judging trio of Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck, and Chris Nunez."  

Each week Ink Master puts artists through a series of tattoo challenges that not only test the artists' technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must create and execute an original tattoo on a "human canvas." Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing such as realism, black and gray, and American traditional. The masterpieces the artists create will last a lifetime – and so will their mistakes. After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (Miami Ink) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

Ink Master is produced for Spike by Original Media (Swamp People, Comic Book Men, I Love You…But I Lied) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Sharon Levy is Spike's executive vice president, original series, Chachi Senior is senior vice president of original programming for Spike and oversees production of Ink Master and Tori Socha serves as the network's executive in charge of production.