Do the ratings for the Vikings TV show matter to the folks over at History? The series saw another big drop in the ratings last year — down 28% in the demo and 44% in viewers — but the cable channel renewed it for a supersized fourth season anyway. Will the numbers keep falling? Cancelled or renewed for a fifth season? Stay tuned.
Vikings takes place in the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore (and raid) the distant shores across the ocean. The rest of the large cast includes Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alyssa Sutherland, Linus Roache, Alexander Ludwig, Ben Robson, Moe Dunford, Lothaire Bluteau, Jasper Paakkonen, Kevin Durand, Jennie Jacques, Peter Franzen, Morgane Polanski, Amy Bailey, Dianne Doan, and John Kavanagh.
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For comparisons: The third season of Vikings averaged a 0.81 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.45 million viewers.
Cable ratings are typically released within a day or so of the show’s airing, except for in the case of weekends and holidays.
What do you think? Do you like the Vikings TV show? Do you think that it should be cancelled or renewed for a fifth season?
9/12 update: Vikings has been renewed for season six. Season five premieres on History in November. Details here.