History Renews 'Vikings' for Second Season

Drama Averaging 5 million Viewers Airing Behind 'The Bible'

History has ordered a 10-episode second season of Vikings, its first-ever scripted series.

Leading out of History's highly-rated miniseries The Bible, the series has averaged 5 million total viewers, 2.2 million adults 25 to 54 and 1.9 million persons 18 to 49. Paired together, The Bible and Vikings helped History become the top cable network in primetime in March. The remaining four episodes will not have The Bible as its lead-in.

"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," said Dirk Hoogstra, History's executive vice president of development and programming, in announcing the renewal.

Season two will begin production this summer and air sometime in 2014.