“Sleepy Hollow” is done at FOX after four seasons. The network cut off the show’s head late Tuesday.
The cancellation doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as the show was the lowest-rated series on FOX this season. Airing on Friday nights, it averaged just a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.92 million viewers the night it aired, rising to a 0.9 and 3.29 million with a week of DVR and on-demand viewing.
It was also one of the lowest-rated shows on the Big 4 networks, tied with ABC’s “Time After Time” and ahead of only “American Crime” and CBS’ Saturday experiment “Ransom.”
With the decision on “Sleepy Hollow,” FOX has cleared its entire Friday schedule from the second half of the season. “Rosewood” was canceled earlier Tuesday, and the network cut reality series “You the Jury” after just two episodes in April.
“Sleepy Hollow” was also one of FOX’s lowest-rated shows last season, when it averaged a 0.8 among adults 18-49. The fact that it’s produced by 20th Century Fox likely helped get it to this season, but the numbers couldn’t be massaged any further.
The show also underwent a big creative change following the departure of star Nicole Beharie at the end of Season 3. Lyndie Greenwood, who played Beharie’s sister on the show, took on a greater role opposite Tom Mison, and Janina Gavankar joined the series as a Homeland Security agent and Ichabod’s (Mison) new partner.
“Sleepy Hollow” joins these shows that have been canceled this season.