History renews "Vikings" for second season

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) battling, shield and sword in hand, in a scene from "Vikings." History

History has ordered a 10-episode second season of "Vikings," its first scripted drama series.

Four episodes remain in its current season, with the season finale set for April 28. The drama, which centers on the Viking society, has averaged 5 million total viewers in its Sunday 10 p.m. time slot over the last five weeks, helped in part by its lead-in with miniseries "The Bible." In March, "Vikings" was the No. 2-rated basic cable drama among adults 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers -- second only to AMC's "The Walking Dead."

"Vikings is a win-win for us," said Dirk Hoogstra, EVP, Development and Programming, in a statement. "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."

Tell us: Were you watching "Vikings"? Are you glad it's coming back?

  • Lesley Savage

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