Sleepy Hollow cancelled after four seasons

Fox has cancelled Sleepy Hollow, the supernatural drama based on a short story by Washington Irving.

The adventures of Ichabod Crane (played by Tom Mison) in the 21st century have officially come to an end, according to a report by Deadline.

Sleepy Hollow somehow continued for a fourth season after killing off one of its stars, Abbie Mills (played by Nicole Beharie), in the season 3 finale. But the ratings had been falling even before this major development, and many of the fans gave up on the show since they had been watching for the dynamic between Mison and Beharie. Without one of the two Witnesses to the Apocalypse, the show was never going to be the same.

Moving the show to a Friday night time slot also contributed to its falling ratings. Fox chairman Gary Newman said this about the show back in January:

“Bringing a show out on Friday night is tough…We love the show, we think the storytelling has always been incredibly inventive, and Ichabod is fantastic.”

Sleepy Hollow launched in 2013 and was a breakout hit for Fox. But viewership fell starting with the second season and the ratings continued to be on a decline, even despite a crossover with Bones. Now that Fox has officially pulled the plug on the struggling show, it seems like the apocalypse has indeed come for Sleepy Hollow.