Vikings: Season Two Renewal from History

Vikings season twoHistory has announced that they’ve renewed their original scripted series, Vikings, for a second season of 10 episodes.

Five episodes of the current season have aired so far and the first airings average a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.74 million total viewers. There are four episodes of Vikings left in this season and the finale will air on April 28th.

Here’s the press release about the renewal:



Four New Episodes Remain This Season, Airing Sundays at 10 p.m. Season One Finale Scheduled for Sunday, April 28

New York, New York, April 5, 2013 – 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.

While VIKINGS is filled with conflict, warfare and bloodshed – for these were extreme times – it is a family saga at heart. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel, The Beast, Baytown Outlaws), a curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. Ragnar is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftain, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment, Usual Suspects, Millers Crossing), who continues to send his Vikings raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves.

Joining Fimmel and Byrne are Katheryn Winnick (Bones, Love and Other Drugs, The Black Marks) as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar’s wife; Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee, Heroes, Nip/Tuck, Friday Night Lights) as Siggy, Earl Haraldson’s beautiful wife; George Blagden (Les Miserables, Wrath of the Titans) as Athelstan, a young, innocent Christian monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England, Clive Standen (Camelot, Robin Hood) as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive, wild, care-free brother and Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back) a ship builder who designs the new generation of Vikings ships.

Created and written by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors), Michael serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn (The Tudors; The Borgias) and Sheila Hockin (The Tudors; The Borgias). Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are the Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.

VIKINGS is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY will broadcast domestically in the U.S. MGM Television will bring VIKINGS to the global audience, serving as the international distributor outside of Ireland, Canada and the U.S. VIKINGS is produced in association with Shaw Media, and the series will air on HISTORY in Canada.


HISTORY(R) is the leading destination for factual entertainment, including award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hits including American Pickers(R), American Restoration(TM), Ax Men(TM), Ice Road Truckers(R), Pawn Stars(R), Swamp People(R) and Top Shot(R) as well as epic mini-series and specials such as the Emmy(R) Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us, and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial.

What do you think? Do you like the Vikings TV series? Are you glad to hear that it’s coming back?

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  1. Kate says

    SO HAPPY to learn Vikings will continue for 2nd season. greAt show, so muc
    Wonderful detail. Love all the actors, especially Ragnor, his wife, Loki
    ALL great!!!

  2. Stef says

    We love the show !! Got hooked into it from the 1st episode and are so happy they are doing a 2nd season :)

  3. says

    The comments regarding the Vikings are my thoughts as well. I am so impressed with this show. I have recorded it and hope to see more history. This is a means of educating the public. Thank you.

  4. Joel E says

    Great show! I really look forward to Sunday evenings. I’m greatful to you for signing them up for another season . Thanks History Channel.

  5. Karen says

    Thank you Thank you Thank you for renewing the series. I love Vikings and I am so glad it will be continued.

  6. Patricia Ann says

    Thank you History Channel for Vikings. I’m glad I was not born during this time in history, but I love feeling like I am there and you have done this for us. The people are so real and the action so real I sometimes have to turn away or close my eyes, but you have created a wonderful TV story of True History. You have me glued to my TV on Sunday nights. May God Bless.

  7. Elizabeth says

    Love , love, love this show…………’s time for something like this besides the dumb reality shows, cop shows, stupid tv, and crap on tv. This is the *MUST SEE* show every week and all the reruns. Love Ragnor and his brother, love his family and his priest, love everybody on the show, even the wicked earl. This show and The Grimm are the only shows that I MUST SEE every week. There is nothing else on, I loved the Bible also. I hope that the History Channel takes notice of this for there is tons of history for them to explore and make shows like this, you have no idea how disgusting 99.99 of tv is, I don’t watch reality shows, dumb cop shows, idiotic blondes and pretty boys, fake music shows, all that crap out there and the people that watch that stuff are just filling time, doing nothing, learning nothing, just uneducated idiots who are couch potatoes. This show is *History*, being a history buff and knowing something of the period of the Vikings and the area, this is as close as I can get to it and I love it. Great work.

  8. Donna Marie says

    Thanks, HISTORY, for the great news about my new favorite TV show! If HISTORY keeps it authentic (and I’m sure it will), Rollo will not die. In reality, the person became very powerful in real life.

  9. joy puanani darnell says

    That is what I was waiting to hear. I rhink the show is very good along with ALL acting. I find myself looking so forward to the next airing. What a excellent production. I am hooked !

  10. Jennifer says

    This is VERY good news! I love this show and was hoping it would be given a second series. This totally made my weekend!

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