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. kerna sveen says

    So happy to learn that there will be a second season!Just wish it would air sooner,so we would not have to wait until 2014!

    I thoroughly enjoy that the series is historically accurate .

    Can’t wait for season II!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kerna Wiedenhoff-Sveen

  2. CMack209 says

    I would like to thank all of the people who brought this show together. If this show were on any other network I do not think season two would have seen the light of day. All of us as veiwers watch the history channel because of its vast mix of reality and history shows. A word of advise to the writers of season two keep writing this show as real as possible and we will keep watching. A big thank you to history channel app. for not forgetting the viewers who are not couch potatoes.

  3. Isis Elliott says

    I love The Vikings show the way it is….husband does too….just don’t know if we can survive until it comes back on… can y’all hurryplease…lol. Ragnar is awesome and VERY HOT,…. just say n

  4. Chuck Parham says

    I am not counted in your demographic results as I am 58 years old. However, I would like to say I love the show and look forward to each episode. I am thrilled that it has been renewed. It’s a shame when anyone brings out a show and cancels it after only one season especially when it draws such a vast audience as Vikings does. Good work and keep it coming!!

  5. Martin says

    How can they make us wait until 2014? Arg!!! Lol it’s too awesome of a show too wait but I’ll look forward to seeing it when it comes out.

  6. Kathryn says

    I am thrilled Vikings has been renewed. Love the show and personally love all of Ragnar Lothbrok’s expressions. He is smarter than anyone else around him, & the only one that knows it…good reason to smirk.

  7. Roberta says

    So happy Vikings is returning. As it seems to me that “reality” programs are the majority now, I am thrilled to have this amazing scripted drama to watch. The story is so raw and the fact that I find myself sympathetic towards such “barbarians” is testament to the extreme talent of this wonderful cast and the writers. Thank you so much. There are so few nights I look forward to watching tv, but now Sunday is at the top of that list. I wish you all continued success.

  8. Charles says

    The smug / sly facial expression of the main character has become too annoying and unrealistic to stand. They’re supposed to be brutal barbarians and Ragnar Lothbrook keeps making faces like every scene is a joke that only he gets. Maybe the director is instructing him to do this. All I know is I’m done watching this, I’m going back to HBO and AMC where there are real actors.

    • Diane says

      I agree about too many facial expressions from all the cast. Overall, I love the show.
      Just would like more dialog and action, and fewer facial expressions.

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