Two episodes in, it looks as if the Headless Horseman could be one of fall’s breakout stars. Fox’s supernatural show Sleepy Hollow was the network’s biggest ratings premiere since 2006′s Standoff. It averaged a 3.5 rating with adults aged 18-49, and added 1.5 ratings points thanks to DVR playbacks later in the week. Of course, it’s important to mention that Standoff made it only 18 episodes. Last year Alcatraz started well but the tough competition on Monday nights eventually wore it down. Initial signs are promising, and reviews for this latest Alex Kurtzman-Roberto Orci collaboration have been favorable.
In this retelling of Washington Irving’s short story, it was Ichabod Crane who beheaded the Horseman to begin with. He’s fatally wounded in the process, and a witch puts a spell on them. When the Horseman returns in modern day Sleepy Hollow, Crane resurrects as well. Oh, and it turns out the Headless Horseman is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The description alone has probably told you whether this is a show you can get into or not.
Tom Mison portrays Crane, his good looks and charm playing a large part in driving this show’s social media buzz. His ally is Lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), who has seen enough unexplainable things in town to actually believe Crane. She’s easy on the eyes as well. Crane’s wife, the witch who placed him under the spell, in still alive in some sort of limbo. That means there’s no romantic tension between Crane and Mills yet, but does anyone think it’s not coming?
Sleepy Hollow’s second week brought in a lot of competition, but the show only lost 10 percent of its audience from the premiere. If the DVR numbers hold up, we may be spending six or seven seasons in this quaint but dangerous village.
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