Vikings gets second season


Shaw Media’s History Channel Canada and History in the U.S. have ordered another 10 episodes of historical drama Vikings.

The series, written and created by Michael Hirst, has averaged 942,000 total viewers (2+) and 475,000 adults 25-54 in its 10 p.m. Sunday timeslot on History Channel Canada, according to numbers from BBM Canada provided by Shaw Media. The series premiered on Mar. 3.

“Right out of the gate, Canadian audiences and critics alike have been captivated by Vikings. With Michael Hirst’s brilliant storytelling and the performances by the exceptional ensemble cast, the series has flawlessly captured the spirit of this elusive and complicated culture,” said Shaw Media SVP content Barb Williams in a statement.

Vikings is a win-win for us, said Dirk Hoogstra, EVP, development and programming at History U.S., in his own 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.”

Vikings is an Irish-Canadian co-production from Toronto’s Take 5 Productions and Ireland’s Octagon Films.

The series tells the story of Viking hero Ragmar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), and follows his raiding, trading and exploring exploits as he challenges local ruler Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne).

Vikings also stars Canuck actresses Katheryn Winnick and Jessalyn Gilsig, along with George Blagden, Clive Standen and Gustaf Skarsgard.

Hirst, Morgan O’Sullivan, John Weber, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn and Sheila Hockin are exec producers.

MGM Television is the international distributor outside of Ireland and North America.