'Vikings' Season 2 premiere: Ratings top Season 1 finale

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"Vikings" is back and so if its audience. The History Channel drama returned Thursday (Feb. 27) with 3.6 million viewers, matching what the Season 1 finale was able to pull in last year.

In fact, History says there was actually a 3 percent rise in viewership for the Season 2 premiere, including a 10 percent jump in males 25-54 and 18-49, according to Deadline. The episode was still down from the Season 1 premiere, which counted up 6.2 million viewers, thanks to having "The Bible" as a lead in.

The return is good news for History, as "Vikings" is one of cable's top dramas, ranking third behind "The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story: Coven" in 2014. 

"Vikings" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on History.
Photo/Video credit: History