History Channel renews ‘Vikings’ for a second season

By Daniel S Levine,

The History Channel announced today that it will pick up its first scripted series, Vikings, for a second season.

Vikings premiered in March with The Bible as its lead-in. It managed to hold on to a decent number of The Bible’s viewers, attracting 6.2 million viewers for its premiere airing. Since then, the show has averaged 5 million viewers, 1.9 million in the 18-49 demographic and 2.2 million in the 25-54 group, the network said in a press release.

There are still four episodes left of its first season with the finale scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at 10 p.m. The second season will include 10 episodes, with production set to start in the summer.

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,” Dirk Hoogstra, EVP, Development and Programming, said in a statement.

“We could not be more proud of the entire cast and crew and everyone involved in the making of Vikings. [Creator] Michael Hirst has captured audiences with his complex, compelling characters and brought the unknown, epic world of these warriors to life.”

Vikings stars Travis Fimmel as adventurer Ragnar Lothbrok, who clashes with chieftan Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne) over the future of their culture. Katheryn Winnick, Jessalyn Gilsig and Gustaf Skarsgard also co-star.

The new season will air in 2014.

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