Vikings: Season One Ratings

Vikings TV show ratingsWith Vikings, History is taking its first leap into producing scripted TV series. Will the show be a success or will the ratings send the cable channel back to airing only documentaries and non-scripted programming? Time will tell.

The series stars Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, George Blagden, and Nathan O’Toole. The first season of Vikings typically airs Sunday nights on History and there are nine episodes.

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Final season averages: 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.36 million total viewers.

Episode 01-09: Sunday, 04/28/13
1.3 demo rating (-7% change) with 3.58 million (-7% change).
Season averages: 1.40 in the demo with 4.36 million.

Episode 01-08: Sunday, 04/21/13
1.4 demo rating (+17% change) with 3.85 million (+13% change).
Season averages: 1.41 in the demo with 4.45 million.

Episode 01-07: Sunday, 04/14/13
1.2 demo rating (0% change) with 3.42 million (+3% change).
Season averages: 1.42 in the demo with 4.55 million.

Episode 01-06: Sunday, 04/07/13
1.2 demo rating (-8% change) with 3.31 million (-30% change).
Season averages: 1.46 in the demo with 4.75 million.

UPDATE: The series has been renewed for a second season by History.

Episode 01-05: Sunday, 03/31/13
1.3 demo rating (-7% change) with 7.74 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 1.51 in the demo with 5.01 million.

Episode 01-04: Sunday, 03/24/13
1.4 demo rating (-7% change) with 4.54 million (-6% change).
Season averages: 1.57 in the demo with 5.11 million.

Episode 01-03: Sunday, 03/17/13
1.5 demo rating (+15% change) with 4.83 million (+5% change).
Season averages: 1.64 in the demo with 5.34 million.

Episode 01-02: Sunday, 03/10/13
1.3 demo rating (-35% change) with 4.62 million (-26% change).
Season averages: 1.77 in the demo with 5.68 million.

Episode 01-01: Sunday, 03/03/13
2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.21 million total viewers.
Season averages: 2.00 in the demo with 6.21 million.

It was a big premiere for History’s first scripted series. The first episode was viewed by an estimated 8.3 million viewers between the night’s two airings. The cable channel execs were no doubt very happy with these results.

Cable ratings are typically released within a day or so of the show’s airing, except for in the case of weekends and holidays. They are sometimes harder to come by so there may be occasional delays or gaps.

What do you think? Do you like the Vikings TV series? Do you think that it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

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  1. Tay says

    Love this show so much! Can’t wait for the next season. George Blagden as Athelstan is my favorite, hope he gets more scenes!

  2. Elizabeth says

    Best darn show on TV, this and The Grimm are the *only shows that I watch*, the rest of the crap on tv is reality shows(it’s like, why waste my time watching other people waste their lives on tv), repeats and more repeats, cars, roobers, rapists, dumb blondes with fake boobs, pretty boys, and all of that is junk tv, no substance, no characters, no nothing all the same.

    The Vikings are History, yes not everything is accurate being a history buff and knowing something of the area and the history, this as close to it as possible. One HUGE change, the eye make-up on the kings wife is hidious…they didn’t have that in those days, she looks like a tramp walking down sunset strip or in NY, please make her look more normal.
    There is tons of history out there to explore, tons of it and hopefully History Channel will take notice to that and do more shows related to the ancient history of this world. I am a watcher of this show, not the american pickers or all that junk tv. Give me more of this and you will have a huge fan.

  3. Cody Jones says

    I’ve said this on twitter & to my friends… This is the best show to hit television since HBO’s Deadwood was cancelled. Nothing touches Deadwood, but Vikings being limited to how far they can go, do awfully well. The characters are well written and the story is original. Obviously it has great production standards. I certainly hope it catches on to the masses the way it has with its immediate cult-like following. It is truly a breath of fresh air (with a hint of sea spray & blood).

    If it makes it to a season three, I think you’ll see this show really shine. It could take that long if a “season” is only 9 episodes. I like to think back to Star Trek the Next Generation as an example. As the series went on, it got progressively better. But it is an amazing show right now. One could argue for several shows being the best, but for my tastes, it is the clear winner. Its the only show I make a point to watch, and every episode has been better than the previous.

    History buffs have something to watch for, men will watch for the bad assery that Vikings are, and as I have discovered, women love Ragnar & Rollo.

    If you have not seen it, treat yourself. :)

  4. says

    be just turn peoplest show that history has put out yet/bible is a flop the only reason they watch it is because they want to watch the Vikings.a bold but good step for the history channel.lets hope that nat geo gets the idea.doomsday preppers and a lot of the other shows

  5. Chris says

    It should definitely be renewed for season 2! Vikings are unique series that combine relative historical accuracy with a great narrative, and the result is a fun to watch AND educative tv-show!

  6. Bob J says

    The Vikings has become one of my not to be missed programs. I don’t generally watch a lot of Telly but I’ve seen all the Vikings episodes so far. Well acted and,as far as I can tell,historically accurate. Congrats HC,as far as I’m concerned, you’ve done yourself proud.

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