History is staking a claim to more “Vikings,” renewing its scripted series for a fifth season.

The show will run for 20 episodes in its fifth season, matching the amount for Season 4. It goes back into production in the summer, but details on airdates aren’t available yet. In addition to the pickup, Jonathan Rhys Meyers — who worked with “Vikings” creator Michael Hirst on “The Tudors” — is joining the cast.

The series has been a solid performer for History throughout its run. This season it’s averaging a 0.7 same-day rating in adults 18-49 and 2.14 million viewers. Its first three episodes have each added 0.7 in Live +3 and grown by 85 percent in viewers.

“Vikings” joins these shows that have been renewed for 2016-17 and beyond.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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