History’s Vikings was something of a surprise hit when it debuted, and its return has been met with great ratings after everyone, myself included, had time to catch up. 3.6 million people tuned in to the premiere, including 1.7 million in the 18-49 demo.
Interestingly, this premiere number is dramatically lower than the first season which had 6.2 million viewers and the show averaged 4.3 million for the season. Why the disparity? Because for the majority of its lifespan, including the premiere, Vikings had “The Bible” as a lead-in, which was a ratings smash hit for History. Once that went away, the numbers were more comparable to where they are now.
Vikings was heralded by many as the best new show of the year, and it actually scored three Emmy nominations. I’ve compared it to a nice peanut butter and jelly sandwich while Game of Thrones is a five course meal. Both are good in different ways, with Vikings being the more simplistic of the two. But still a lot of fun. Will keep an eye on it this season.
[Photo via Bernard Walsh/History]