The release date for Ink Master season 9 — Pending
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Series` information, format and host
Ink Master is a popular US competition/reality television series airing on Spike since 2012. It`s produced by Original Media and executive produced by Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Andrea Richter. The show is currently broadcasting its eighth season, subtitled Ink Master: Revenge, which debuted on August 23, 2016. There has been a number of holiday specials and a spin-off series titled Ink Master: Redemption.
The program follows an elimination format, and only one of the 16 contestants (eight series` veterans and eight newcomers to the show) who enter the competition will receive the coveted title of Ink Master, $100,000 and a feature in the Inked magazine, as well as a special prize for the eighth season – a guest artist spot on either Nunez’ or Peck’s shop. Dave Navarro has been the host and the judge throughout all of the seasons, and Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck join him in judging the ink creations of the participating tattoo masters.
Ratings, reviews and renewal potential
The eighth season of Ink Master premiered with two back-to-back episodes – the first garnered an audience of 882,000 viewers and a 0.43 demo rating, while the second dropped to a 0.27 rating and 543,000 viewers. There are numerous complaints from the viewers that as the series progresses, it becomes less about tattoos and more about the drama, favoritism of the judges and induced rivalry. This is unfortunate, as the concept of the series is interesting, and the program could have had more integrity and respect for the art of tattoo. The tattoo competition/reality show Ink Master has been renewed for a 9th season about six months ahead of its 8thseason premiere – how`s that for an early renewal decision? The next installment will contain 15 episodes and a live finale, and is set to air in 2017.