MTV’s ‘The Challenge’ Hits 5-Year Ratings High With ‘War of the Worlds’ (Exclusive)

New season’s second episode puts up best three-day delayed viewing numbers since 2013’s “Rivals II”

The Challenge War of the Worlds

The latest episode of MTV’s “The Challenge: War of the Worlds” has earned the franchise its highest-rated episode since 2013.

The episode pulled a 1.55 rating among adults under 50 with three days of delayed viewing factored in, according to Nielsen, making it the highest-rated installment in the “Challenge” franchise since 2013’s “Rivals II” nearly 10 seasons ago.

Aired on Wednesday, Feb. 13, the second episode of the season saw a key player, last season’s champ Ashley Mitchell, as well as her teammate, former “Bachelorette” suitor Chase McNary, eliminated from the competition.

It also marked a five percent increase in the demo over the Feb. 6 season premiere.

The 33rd season of the long-running competition series has seen longtime veterans team up with rookie prospects from franchises including “The Bachelor,” “Big Brother,” “Love Island,” “Survivor” “American Ninja Warrior” as well as other MTV stars from “Geordie Shore,” “Ex on the Beach” and “Floribama Shore.”

“The Challenge” is created and produced by Bunim/Murray Productions. Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, Scott Freeman and Justin Booth serve as executive producers. Jack Reifert and Danny Wascou are co-executive producers.

“The Challenge: War of the Worlds” airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on MTV. Watch a preview for the next episode below.