Sleepy Hollow: Cancel or Keep the New FOX Series?

Sleepy Hollow: cancel or keep?A couple weeks ago, FOX unveiled their first new TV series of the season, Sleepy Hollow. Is this one worth keeping or should it be cancelled instead?

Sleepy Hollow follows the Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), a patriot from colonial times who wakes up in the present. He partners with a female African-American sheriff (Nicole Beharie) and together, they try to stop the Headless Horseman and other dark supernatural forces. Others in the cast include Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, John Cho, and Richard Cetrone.

The show premiered on September 16th to a very healthy 3.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 10.10 million total viewers. Not only did the debut win its timeslot but it also had the best demo rating of the night.

In week two, the numbers fell by 11-15% to a 3.1 in the demo and 8.59 million. This wasn’t too bad for a second week. Most new shows fall that much or more and Sleepy Hollow was now airing opposite much tougher competition like 2 Broke Girls, The Voice and Dancing with the Stars.

Last night, the third episode fell again — but not by much — and garnered a 3.0 rating with 7.97 million viewers.

Sleepy Hollow is currently FOX’s highest-rated series by far, averaging a 3.2 in the demo with 8.89 million. If the ratings level off (or rise) then the network has a hit.

Unless the ratings start falling quickly, I expect FOX to give the series a full season order in the next couple weeks. If the ratings continue to be positive, a second season is a lock.

But, what do you think? Do you like Sleepy Hollow? Are you still watching? Cancel or keep it?

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  1. Miachambo says

    Keep it!!! I just returned for a month in the UK and I’ve already watched the first three episodes. I see that it soon to be on SKYTV and DVR’ it for my son & daughter in law who live in Bury, Suffok , UK.

  2. Danno says

    I love the premise. I’ve been looking for a replacement of The X Files and this could be it. As long as the stories don’t turn into a cookie cutter pattern. I want to see where this goes. Please keep!

  3. Coral says

    I think it’s a keeper. I like the premise and the characters and anticipate this show getting better and better.

  4. Henrietta says

    Tom Mison is a fantastic actor. I love the series and how we learn more about his time in the 18th century.

  5. says

    If this show stays on it current course I totally see it as a keeper. It’s scary without going too over the top, and because Crane is from the past making his new home read like science fiction, there are some fun and humorous moments. The two work well together and I am happy that her dead head-less partner gets to put in an appearance every now and then. All in all, nice job.

  6. Kate Fredericks says

    Very good numbers, and a very smart plot, well played by Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, with wonderful bits of well timed humor, not a lot of gore but scary nonetheless, sort of a perfect little gift for FOX and I predict it will go on for at least one more year and maybe much longer. If you aren’t watching it, you should be!

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