History Renews 'Vikings' for Fourth Season

Vikings Still - H 2015
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Vikings Still - H 2015

The Canada-Ireland co-production is set to shoot another cycle in Ireland this spring.

History has ordered a fourth season of Vikings.

Production on an unspecified number of new episodes of the cable network's debut scripted series will take place in Ireland in spring 2015. The Michael Hirst-created period drama, structured as a Canada-Ireland co-production, has five episodes remaining in the current season on Thursdays at 10 p.m.

Canada's History cable channel on Thursday also said it greenlit a fourth season of the Dark Ages warrior drama. The Vikings season finale is set for April 23. The first five episodes of the third season on a live-plus-3 measure averaged 4.3 million total viewers, 2.2 million in the 25-54 demo and 2 million adults 18-49.

For five weeks in a row, Vikings ranked as the top-rated cable series on Thursday nights in all key demos in live-plus-3 delivery, History said Thursday. The series, from World 2000 and Take 5 Productions, came to History from MGM Television, which is also the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada.

"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, executive vp and general manager of History and H2, in a statement.