Premiering on the same night as its smash-hit The Bible, History’s first scripted series Vikings also did stellar ratings, becoming the No. 1 cable series debut of the year. Over 18 million cumulative viewers tuned in to all or part of Vikings during its two telecasts on March 3, beating all broadcast competition among Adults 18-49 (2.5 million) and Males 18-49 (1.5 million) in the 10pm hour. From 10-11pm, Vikings made History the No.1 network among Males 25-54 (1.6 million). In terms of Total Viewers, Vikings drew in 6.2 million Total Viewers in its 10pm premiere slot. Over its two telecasts on Sunday, Vikings delivered 8.3 million Total Viewers, 3.4 million Adults 18-49 and 3.8 million Adults 25-54. During the 10pm hour, Vikings topped all broadcast networks among Adults 18-49. And we still haven’t even gotten to Vikings Episode 2 yet.
It’s safe to say that History is pleased with how Vikings has set sail. It’s probably too much to expect similar numbers from week to week, but who knows? Vikings will continue having the even more successful The Bible as a lead-in for the next four weeks, so this could turn into a truly big month for History.
Vikings Episode 2 airs this Sunday, March 10, at 10pm ET. In the episode, the stage is set for the journey west by Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel). Ragnar gathers a crew willing to risk their lives to travel into the unknown. Earl Haraldson’s (Gabriel Byrne) paranoia reaches new heights as it becomes apparent that trust is hard to come by in this dark era. In Vikings Episode 2, we are also introduced to Athelstan (George Blagden) a young, innocent Christian monk living in the remote monastery of Lindisfarne on the Northumbrian coast of England.
Here are some clips from Vikings Episode 2 — a promo; a scene between Ragnar and Athelstan; and Athelstan warning another monk that judgment day is at hand, prior to the arrival of the Vikings.
Vikings airs Sundays at 10pm ET on History.
Vikings Episode 2 photo credit: Jonathan Hession/History