TVBizwire

History Renews Its First Scripted Series TVWeek

The first season of the History channel’s first scripted series has gone well, becoming the No. 1 new cable series of 2013. Now the channel has announced it is bringing back “Vikings” for a second season.

Dirk Hoogstra, executive VP of development and programming for History, announced the series is coming back with a 10-episode order for season two. The announcement comes just five episodes into season one.

“’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,” the cable channel announced. “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.”

Said Hoogstra: “’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.”