Fox’s spooky new adaptation of Sleepy Hollow has been renewed for a second season after just three episodes! The season premiere drew in 13.6 million viewers making it the most successful fall debut since 24 in 2001, TV By the Numbers reports.
Sleepy Hollow, possibly a new fan favorite, outdid Dancing With the Stars and was only bested by The Voice and Blacklist, according to this week’s figures. The series sends viewers on a hair-raising adventure with fantasy favorites Ichabod Crane and The Headless Horseman — with a modern twist. Lt. Abbie Mills, played by Nicole Beharie, is dragged along for the spine-chilling ride while helping Mr. Crane adjust to 21st century idiosyncrasies.
“[T]he balance of elements — the horror movie suspense, the creatures, the lore, the history, the cults, the conspiracies, the campy dialogue — all go to support this show as a contender for viewership,” said TV critic Iam Bloom. “If you haven’t started watching this show and like fantasy and fiction, I would strongly recommend watching the first three episodes on Hulu and see for yourself.” According TV By The Numbers, many viewers did just that. Watchers flocked to Hulu and Fox.com pulling in an extra 1.17 million viewers.
The critical reception for the show has mostly been positive. According to Wikipedia, Robert Bianco of USA Today gave the show three out of four stars while TV critic Kelly West said that Fox may have a ”winner on its hands.” Abbie and Icahabod, she says, are “likeable” and “interesting.”
Time, however, is a little bit more apprehensive about the series: “Sleepy Hollow got my attention, but I’m not yet sure if it’s good, ridiculous, good but ridiculous, or good because it’s ridiculous. It could turn out, underneath all its DaVinci Code plot overstuffing, to be hollow. But it sure as hell ain’t sleepy.”
An all new episode airs on Mon. October 7th — Lt. Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) go on a hunt for Abbie’s estranged sister, Jenny (guest star Lyndie Greenwood), who has disappeared from a Sleepy Hollow psychiatric hospital. In this plot-twist episode, which features flashbacks to the 1773 Boston Tea Party, Abbie and Ichabod learn more about the evil that lurks among them.
Have you watched Sleepy Hollow? We’ve seen the first few episodes and so far, so good.