History Renews VIKINGS For A Second Season

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HISTORY has picked up VIKINGS, its first scripted drama series for a 10-episode second season, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, EVP, Development and Programming for HISTORY. Created and written by Michael Hirst, the renewal comes just five episodes into the VIKINGS freshman season. Four new episodes remain in the current season airing Sundays at 10 p.m. with the season finale slated for Sunday, April 28 at 10 p.m.

VIKINGS continues to be the #1 new cable series in 2013 and has propelled HISTORY to #1 in cable in its Sunday 10-11 p.m. time period. Over the five weeks, the hit drama series averaged 5.0 million total viewers, 2.2 million Adults 25-54 and 1.9 Adults 18-49. This past Sunday, episode five delivered 4.7 million total viewers, 2.2 million Adults 25-54 and 1.7 million Adults 18-49. This was up 4% among total viewers and up 5% among Adults 25-54 from last week.

“Vikings is a win win for us. As our first scripted series, VIKINGS has paid off in a big way with critical acclaim, strong ratings and a passionate, loyal fan base. It came out of the gate strong and has stayed on top, solidifying HISTORY as a major player in the scripted genre, just as we are in reality,” said Hoogstra. “We could not be more proud of the entire cast and crew and everyone involved in the making of VIKINGS. Michael Hirst has captured audiences with his complex, compelling characters and brought the unknown, epic world of these warriors to life. Season Two will begin production this summer to air in 2014.”

MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings VIKINGS to the global audience, serving as the international distributor outside of Ireland, Canada and the U.S.

“We are very excited that VIKINGS is generating so much attention worldwide,” said Roma Khanna, President, Television Group and Digital, MGM. “MGM is thrilled to have the continued support and enthusiasm of our partners at HISTORY and to work with an amazing international team as they bring Michael Hirst’s vision to audiences around the globe.”

VIKINGS, airing Sundays at 10 p.m. ET, tells the extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society.

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  • CT

    Enjoying the series. Look forward to Season 2. Thanks.

  • Travis Vang

    I’ve been really impressed by Vikings so far, and I’m glad to hear it has done well enough for History Channel that they would pick it up for a second season. The cast, especially Travis Fimmel, has been great and I’m anxious to see how it all turns out. There are a few episodes from this season I still need to catch up with because I usually work nights at DISH, so I haven’t been home to watch live. Thankfully I don’t have to be home to catch up with Vikings because I have the DISH Anywhere app on my iPad. I can watch any show recorded to my DVR, anywhere I go, so I can watch during my commute every day.

    • Thom

      This sounds less like a legitimate post, and more like spam… You’re either an idiot, with poor grammar, or an idiot, who spams… That is all. On the original topic, nice work History Channel for renewing Vikings. While it’s not entirely accurate historically speaking, it is entertaining, and there’s nothing wrong with artistic licence. Shame the same can’t go for the other programming they have… Ancient Aliens, anyone!? My word… And, don’t get me started on their “reality” programming – which, while not scripted, is entirely contrived.

  • Tyler

    Absolutely love Vikings! Gritty without being pretentious or garish.
    Yay for season 2!

  • themanuelrc

    season 2 :D

  • DLA

    Exellent show! Watched every episode so far and look forward to the finale.. and the return next year!! Well Done Vikings!

  • http://plamcheg.co.nr/ Plamcheg

    It was predictable.

  • jin

    Great Series there is always interesting way to show the history

  • friedrice

    2014??? Please don’t make me wait that long!

  • mikem1211

    Best new series in 2013!
    MGM-History should have renewed it for a 13 to 20 episode season.
    What a wonderful series.

  • lisa temple

    2014?! Way too long! Love the series – thirsty for more!