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That Was Fast! After Just 3 Episodes, FOX Renews 'Sleepy Hollow' For A 2nd Season

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 3, 2013 1:25 PM
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Well, that didn't take very long nor much convincing did it?

Just 3 episodes into its debut season, FOX has announced a 13-episode second season renewal for its new hit series Sleepy Hollow, which Nicole Beharie and Orlando Jones both star in.

This news, I believe, marks the the fist new series renewal this fall season.

Sleepy Hollow's premiere episode drew an astounding 10.1 million viewers, and a 3.5 rating, making it the #1 primetime drama on that night in the adults 18-49 demo, as well as FOX's highest rated fall drama premiere in 6 years, and on any broadcast network in one year, knocking off NBC's Revolution from that slot.

Episode 3 saw about a 20% dip in viewership from episode 1, drawing roughly 8 million viewers, and a 3.0 rating.

Somewhere right now, I'm sure Beharie and Jones are doing some kind of a happy dance!

Certainly a vote of confidence from FOX, seemingly convinced that the current level of interest in the series will hold, if not increase.

"The show has proven to be a risk well worth taking - it's a conceptual blast unlike anything else on television and it all holds together with inventive writing and a fantastic cast," said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "I can't wait for fans to experience what else is in store for this fall and even more of this wild ride into Season Two."

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  • sagevalentine | October 3, 2013 11:22 PMReply

    I am so happy. Next week I will be attending the panel at New York Comic Con with a smile.

  • YOUR TV STEALER | October 3, 2013 3:16 PMReply

    I love it! First scene, someone got beheaded. I was HOOKED lol but it's good. I like that there's a common theme, but the myth's played on on "the monster of the week". Refreshing.

    I'm excited! I tell everyone I know about it!

  • Alias | October 3, 2013 2:50 PMReply


    So happy for them. I LOVE this show -- and Hostages! It's good to finally have something to look forward to watching on Monday night. The concept of the program is what drew me in. Mison, Beharie and Jones, along with the writing and storylines are what keep me watching.
    It's a really fun, historical meets contemporary meeting of the minds. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!

  • D.C. Kirkwood | October 3, 2013 2:19 PMReply

    I am so excited. Love the show and the entire cast. Tom Mison is awesome and he is definitely the right lead actor for this series. Nicole is great as Lt.Mills. The viewership drop has alot to do with them slowing down on the action and trying to develop the characters in these last two episodes and give more explanation as to the background behind the characters. The pilot was great but it had alot of information packed in to one hour. I had to go back and rewatch the pilot to make sure I understood about the two different witch covens:the bad witches vs the good witches and all the small details that make the show great. Congrats to them.

  • Ben Rosner | October 3, 2013 1:58 PMReply

    Pretty sure it's been three episodes...

  • Helen | October 3, 2013 1:32 PMReply

    I think you'll find the draw for this series is Tom Mison.

  • Tina | October 3, 2013 8:20 PM

    Tom Mison is a relative unknown. I think the subject matter of the show was the initial draw coupled with the fact that it is the creation of Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman. These guys are the creators of Fringe who have a cult like following. It also features Len Wiseman as a writer/director. The show has automatic ComiCon cred. It would have had an initial audience amongst the rabid SFF fanboy types even without Mison.

    But I would also agree that Mison is very easy on the eyes and attracts women viewers. However Beharie is a big draw as well since a sizeable chunk of Sleepy Hollow fandom are black women. Much bigger than would normally be attracted to this type of show. They watch for her. And given how that was the viewership that largely propelled Scandal to visibility when ABC was doing no promotion, I would not underestimate the power of that under-served tv viewing population.

  • dee | October 3, 2013 4:55 PM

    I guess Tom Mison is the English guy? I am watching because its a thriller/drama. Its nice to have Nicole and Orlando in it but the show had me from the first preview.

  • Afrostyling | October 3, 2013 4:05 PM

    Girl bye! Any black person watching is probably watching for Beharie and Jones. I'm watching for Nicole and the fantasy angle.

  • Akimbo | October 3, 2013 2:16 PM

    Helen's got jokes. Clearly the concept is what attracted the majority of viewers. The fact that they haven't completely bungled the (so-so) execution is what's keeping them around. No one knows who Mison is, especially when you put him up against John Cho, Clancy Brown, Orlando Jones, and Nicole Beharie.

    Much like Fringe this show had me interested because of a single cast member (Beharie). Unlike Fringe, it's not really pulling me in. I'm glad they got their renewal, though. Hope the wheels don't fall off over the next 20 episodes.

  • Winston | October 3, 2013 2:01 PM

    I don't know who Tim Mosin is, but I I love me some Nicole Beharie and Orlando Jones. That's why I watch.

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