Fox Renews Sleepy Hollow

Supernatural hit earns another 13-episode order

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will ride again in 2014, as Fox has renewed its freshman hit Sleepy Hollow for a second season.

As is the case with the current order, Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes.

Since premiering to 10.1 million viewers and a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49, Sleepy Hollow has proved to be the new season’s most reliable performer. Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, the show has the highest retention of all freshman series, holding onto 86 percent of the dollar demo.

When three days of DVR playback are baked into the L+SD data, the Sleepy Hollow premiere drew 13.6 million viewers and a 5.0 in the demo, making it Fox’s most successful fall drama premiere since the debut of 24 in November 2001. 

“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 Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly, by way of announcing the renewal. “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 2.”

This marks the first renewal of the 2013-14 campaign.

A giddy, flat-out bonkers mash-up of the occult, American history and cop shop intrigue, Sleepy Hollow stars Tom Mison as a reanimated Ichabod Crane and Nicole Beharie as his wised-up police partner. Together, the two heroes fight to save the upstate hamlet from all sorts of ne’er-do-wells, with an eye toward preventing the coming Apocalypse.

Sleepy Hollow is co-created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman. The series is filed at EUE Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, N.C.

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