History has renewed their breakout original drama series Vikings for a ten episode fourth season. Production on the new season is set to commence later this year in Ireland for a 2016 premiere.
Currently airing its third season on the network, Vikings has been a ratings hit since day one. The current season has been averaging an audience of 4.3 million total viewers, 2.2 million Adults 25-54 and 2.0 million Adults 18-49 in Live+3 delivery.
“Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television,” said Dirk Hoogstra, General Manager of History. “We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more.”
The fourth season order comes mere days after History announced they were at work developing a new scripted series, which is picked up would become only their second original drama. That project, Knightfall, hails from A+E Studios and will chronicle the actual event leading up to and following the persecution, downfall and burning at the stake of the Knights Templar on Friday 13th 1307.
Vikings, which follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok and his band of Viking brothers, was created by Michael Hirst and is produced by Take 5 Productions, World 2000 and MGM Television, who also handle global distribution outside of the US and Canada. The cast includes Gabriel Byrne, Travis Fimmel, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Clive Standen and Katheryn Winnick. Michael Hirst, Morgan O’Sullivan, Sheila Hockin, John Weber, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn executive produce.
“Vikings is a tremendous success worldwide thanks to the visionary talents of Michael Hirst, the entire creative team and our partners at History”, added Roma Khanna, President, Television Group and Digital at MGM. “We look forward to entertaining audiences worldwide with the next epic season.”