Vikings Renewed, “Downton” Cancelled

Halfway into its third season, History has announced that its popular Norse drama “Vikings” has been picked up for a fourth season which will begin production this spring in Iceland.

After five episodes of the new season, the show is currently averaging 4.3 million total viewers and 2 million adults 18-49 viewers in Live+3 ratings – making it the top cable series on Thursday nights in all key demos.

Meanwhile, and after many rumors suggesting as much, Carnival Films has made it official and held a press conference today confirming that the upcoming sixth season of the acclaimed British period drama “Downton Abbey” will be its last.

It has been confirmed that the final season of the series will wrap up characters’ storylines and depict the end of the aristocracy in Britain. While broadcasters ITV and PBS wanted more seasons, it’s said producer Julian Fellowes wants to “go out on top”.

The final episode will be this year’s Christmas special.

Source: Deadline