With 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.
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?