History (logo via Wikimedia)

History (logo via Wikimedia)

NEW YORK/TORONTO, March 26, 2015HISTORY® announced today that it has picked up a fourth season of its hit scripted series Vikings, created and written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Elizabeth).  Five new episodes remain in the current season airing Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT with the season finale slated for Thursday, April 23rd at 10pm ET/PT.

The first four episodes of season three took viewers by storm, averaging 895,000 (A2+), 428,000 (A25-54) and 375,000 (A18-49), making the new season of Vikings the #1 specialty drama on Thursday nights in all key demos*.  Vikings has been the #1 specialty drama since its inaugural season premiere in 2013** and this year earned four Canadian Screen Awards including Best International Drama.

Production on season four will begin this spring in Ireland.

“Five weeks in and still topping the charts as Canada’s number one specialty drama, Vikings has cemented HISTORY firmly in the scripted series genre and we’re thrilled to be picking it up for a new season,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.  “Backed by strong Canadian representation among both cast and crew, Vikings is one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television today and we can’t wait to bring it back.”

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