'Vikings' renewed for Season 2 on History

vikings-season-2-travis-fimmell.jpgHistory has renewed "Vikings," the cable channel's first scripted series, for a 10-episode second season.

The historical action drama is currently in the midst of its initial run of 9 episodes and is averaging a strong 5 million total viewers, including 2.2 million adults 25-54 and 1.9 million adults 18-49.

Those numbers, however, have likely been inflated by the channel's smash hit miniseries "The Bible" which finished its run this past Sunday. This week will be the first test of "Vikings" drawing power without "The Bible" as a lead-in, but the renewal demonstrates History's commitment to the series even if the ratings slip for the final four airings.

"'Vikings' is a win win for us," History executive Dirk Hoogstra said 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."

"Vikings" will air its Season 1 finale on April 28 at 10 p.m. The series stars Travis Fimmel, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgård, Katheryn Winnick, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden and Clive Stranden.

Production on Season 2 of "Vikings" will commence this summer for a 2014 premiere.
Photo/Video credit: History