History's flagship drama series "Vikings" has been renewed for a fourth season.

Including Live+3 numbers, the third season's first five "Vikings" episodes are averaging 4.3 million viewers, including 2 million in the 18-49 demo, making its renewal a no-brainer.

"'Vikings' has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television," blurbs History EVP and General Manager Dirk Hoogstra. "We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more."

The Season 3 "Vikings" finale will be April 23.

When I asked Michael Hirst in January if he was already looking forward to a bigger-and-badder Season 4, he quickly agreed.

"Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We haven't finished with Paris for a start. No, I do know," Hirst said. "It's just every season I have to up the ante and I have to figure out, 'Let's do a different kind of a battle.' That's one thing. If you're just getting these armies of CGI warriors going from left to right and then from right to left you actually, I think, have to have different kinds of battle experiences. So that's what I'm doing at the moment actually."

Revisit that Hirst conversation here.

A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.