Pin It
TV shows on DVD

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?


Newer and/or Related Articles

{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim Anh May 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I LOVE this show, it made me so happy to hear that seanson 2 will air soon.
I’m so in love with Ragnar, PLEASE Do Not Change actor, Travis Fimmel is as perfect of man as a Viking can be. I watch the show because of travis, If you change actor I’m not sure if I will continue watching the show even though I’m interested in the history of the Vikings.


TImbo May 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Facial expressions??? lol…you obviously dont know much history…Rangnar and rollo were REAL vikings!! Ragnar was reported to be smug and confident, even when facing what seems to be certain death..THATS what theyre trying to do…but understand you kiddiesdont know who he was in the real blame the actors, writers cause thats all they know who to bag out…..KEEP UP THE GREAT SHOW!!!


Shellie May 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I love this show. Can’t wait till season2….. When?!


Mee Too May 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Love the show!!


Suz May 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I love this show. I am looking forward to next season. Not sure when it will start – hopefully Sept. and not Jan. or March…


Rhowenna May 2, 2013 at 10:25 am

Love this series! Can’t wait for next season!


Jeffrey May 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Story is good, character development is great for primary characters, but time slot pushes me to watch it on demand. I have seen only one of the 9 during the actual first broadcast time slot.


andie April 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Love love the show.. Looking forward to the secound season!


Kevin April 30, 2013 at 12:02 am

Seriously? NINE episodes in a season? And I thought Game of Thrones was being stingy. Are you aware there are FIDDY TWO weeks in a year? I prolly won’t be around for season two…thanx!


Laura April 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I love the Vikings tv show! I can’t wait to watch the next episode!


Sally Ann Kuvett April 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Love it! Please dont cancel the show!


Bobby April 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Absolutely love the show, but 2014….. I don’t know if I will be watching it as it shows next year, pretty far away to reminisce about season 1.


Jen April 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Love the show and can’t wait for the second season. I agree 2014 is way too long to wait!


mary ann cocccia April 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I can’t wait to wait to watch Viking’s next series. It is fascinating and very historically correct. The plot scenes and acting are superb. The Vikings have been brought back to life again. BRAVO!


Joe April 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Awesoe show. Cant wait for season 2. Think there should be more than 10 epidodes for the second season


Leave a Comment