History has renewed its first original scripted series Vikings for a third season. The period drama has received an order for a further 10 episodes.
“Vikings has taken viewers by storm and has established itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television. With its large, passionate and loyal fan base, Vikings has cemented History firmly in the scripted series genre, just as we are the leaders in reality television,” said Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager of History & H2.
Vikings follows Ragnar, a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. The drama series stars Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Travis Fimmel (The Beast), Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee), Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back), Clive Standen (Camelot) and Katheryn Winnick (Stand Up Guys).
The renewal, which comes a mere four episodes into the show’s second season, comes after Vikings has been averaging 3.4 million total viewers, 1.7 million Adults 25-54 and 1.5 million Adults 18-49. The strong ratings have made the drama the number one show on basic cable in the Thursday 10pm time-slot. Production on the show’s third season is slated to commence this summer for a 2015 premiere.