History’s Vikings renewed

The top-rated specialty drama will return in 2017 with a new star in its midst.
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History channel’s juggernaut Vikings drama will go to season five, with a beefed-up 20-episode order on tap.

The first half of season four is currently airing on History in Canada and the U.S. It was initially ordered to 10 episodes and then another 10 were subsequently ordered, which are set to air later in the year. This new season will see the broadcasters go all-in on a 20-ep order right off the bat.

Vikings is currently averaging 437,100 viewers in the A25-54 demo and 859,200 in the 2+ demo with three weeks of confirmed data, according to Shaw Media. 

Vikings is an international coproduction by Toronto’s Take 5 Productions and Ireland’s World 2000, produced in association with Shaw Media. It is distributed by MGM Television internationally. Vikings was created and is written by Michael Hirst.

The series, which is primarily shot in Ireland but this year expanded to include a short shoot in Northern Ontario, will go into production again this summer. Post on the series is handled by Mr. X in Toronto. The season five greenlight also included news that Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers will join the cast; Meyers also starred in another Ireland-Canada copro, The Tudors, which was also created by Hirst.