Pendleton debuted on 17 February 2011 in a game against Mark Jones. Despite having offered invalid words in the first two rounds, a good performance on the numbers (his preferred selection was four large) helped him to a 69 – 62 victory. His next two games were fairly close, but his scores improved and he completed an octochamp run on 28 February, notably also beating Dan McColm, who would become a series champion and CoC runner-up on his return.
Pendleton returned as number five seed for the quarter-finals, meaning that he drew fellow octochamp Andy McGurn. The game was extremely close and the scoreline was dead level going into a crucial conundrum which neither got right. It was ultimately decided on the sudden death conundrum ONIONPIGS, to which Pendleton buzzed in first, but under pressure offered an eight-letter answer. McGurn correctly found POISONING immediately after Pendleton's blunder, meaning that Pendleton suffered his only ever defeat. He also holds the dubious honour of being the first player to ever guess multiple conundrums incorrectly during the same game (outside of the Countdown Masters).
Pendleton has also appeared on Hive Minds as part of the "Lutrophiles" team for four episodes between July and September 2015, making the semi-finals (in the first of these appearances, he faced Series 54 and 78 contestant Andy Christley). On 24 August and 28 September 2015, he appeared on Only Connect as captain of the "Road Trippers" team, facing Series 52 contestant Jon Stitcher in his first game. He also appeared on Two Tribes in 2015. On 12 July 2016, he appeared on Fifteen to One alongside Series 75 contestant Ikenna Oguguo, in 2017, he appeared on Eggheads, and in 2019, he appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? but failed to win a Faster Finger First question.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5207||17/02/2011||P||Mark Jones||62 – 69||Ned Pendleton||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Debra Stephenson||Susie Dent||141|
|5208||18/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||70 – 48||Colin Cox||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Debra Stephenson||Susie Dent||116|
|5209||21/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||70 – 63||Andy Johnson||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||119|
|5210||22/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||92 – 59||Greg Bowler||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||127|
|5211||23/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||91 – 83||John Cornforth||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||122|
|5212||24/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||89 – 66||Dan McColm||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||118|
|5213||25/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||91 – 57||Jon Edmondson||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||120|
|5214||28/02/2011||P||Ned Pendleton||92 – 54||Emmet Masterson||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Mark Durden-Smith||Susie Dent||131|
|5275||31/05/2011||QF||Ned Pendleton||89 – 99*||Andy McGurn||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Gregg Wallace||Susie Dent||118|