Don Todd Signs Overall Deal With 20th TV

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 7:10am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

dontodd copySamantha Who? co-creator Don Todd has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, Todd is joining the studio’s Fox drama Sleepy Hollow as a consulting producer and will develop new projects. The … Read More »

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PaleyFest: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Cast & Crew Talk ‘Shipping’ And Villains, Tease Season 2

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 9:18pm PDT

John ChoThe cast and crew of Fox‘s supernatural drama Sleepy Hollow materialized Wednesday evening at PaleyFest to tease the fates of the show’s characters going into fall’s second season. Although January’s S1 finale left the cast in Paleyfest 2014 logovarious states of distress and spaces between spaces — Purgatory being one such locale — cast member John Cho‘s presence was testament to the fact that on Sleepy Hollow, as EP Mark Goffman noted, “You can be dead but that doesn’t mean you’re gone.”

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sleepyhollowThe show’s producers promised the return of John Noble as Henry Parrish aka Jeremy Crane aka The Horseman of War in Season 2. And he won’t be alone. “There are a lot of amazing foot soldiers coming, familiar and also original,” teased co-creator/EP Bob Orci. Fellow co-creator and EP Len Wiseman hinted that a new creature will be introduced that confronts Headless, “possibly with his own face.” He then wondered, “How do you create a character as evil and scary as Headless?” Quipped Alex Kurtzman, yet another of Sleepy Hollow‘s co-creator and EP: “Dick Cheney.”

Related: John Noble & Lyndie Greenwood Promoted To Regular On Fox’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’

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‘Nikita’ Writer/Producer Albert Kim In Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins ‘Sleepy Hollow’

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 3:56pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

kimFormer Nikita co-executive producer Albert Kim has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The pact, which has an option for a third year, marks Kim’s first overall deal. Under the agreement, Kim will work on 20th TV’s upcoming Fox adventure series Hieroglyph and will later join the second season of the studio’s breakout Fox drama Sleepy Hollow as a co-executive producer. He also will develop. “This was highly sought after,” said 20th president of creative affairs Johnny Davis of the deal. “We build shows around a voice, and Albert has a very specific voice; his writing is compelling and an adrenaline rush.”

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John Noble & Lyndie Greenwood Promoted To Regular On Fox’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 6:58pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

greenwoodnobleshEXCLUSIVE: Fringe‘s John Noble is back on series regular duty at Fox. After a three-episode arc on the freshman season of Sleepy Hollow, Noble is joining the cast of … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Inches Up In Finale To Tie Lower ‘Blacklist’; ‘Bachelor’ Steady

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 9:34am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sleepy HollowFox’s Sleepy Hollow had a solid finish to its breakout first season. The supernatural drama drew a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 for its two-hour season finale, up a tenth from last week and a two-month high. It delivered a nightly win for Fox in the demo and tied fellow freshman standout, NBC’s The Blacklist, for the first time. (The 9 PM episode of Sleepy Hollow, which logged a 2.4, actually edged The Blacklist.) In its second airing without a Voice lead-in, The Blacklist (2.3) slipped another 8% to a new series low. It still won the 10 PM hour. NBC’s alternative comedy series Hollywood Game Night did OK with back-to-back episodes, drawing a 1.3 at 8 PM — even with the July series premiere and up 30% from the special airing on Christmas eve — and a 1.5 at 9 PM, a series high.

The weekend controversy over The Bachelor star’s Juan Pablo Galavis’ comments on gays continue to have little impact on the show’s ratings. After The Bachelor special on Sunday matched its rating the previous week, last night’s regular episode of The Bachelor, the first since the controversy, drew a 2.3 rating in 18-49, even with its final last week and up a tenth from the fast national. Castle (2.0) was up a tenth.
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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ Falls, ‘The Voice’ & ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Rise

MICHAEL MOLONEY, MICHELLE BLOUNT, ANDREW BLOUNTUPDATE, 2:14 PM: Looks like it was that NFL game out of the Windy City pumping up the energy on The Great Christmas Light Fight last night. With final numbers in, the new short-term ABC holiday series shorted out from the 1.8/4 of fast nationals to a 1.4/4. That fall makes Light Fight the network’s lowest-rated Monday midseason debut ever as it now “beats” the 1.8 of the November 21, 2011, debut of You Deserve It. On the other hand, as the Light went out, The Voice and Sleepy Hollow both bopped up. The NBC competition show went up to a 3.5/10 from this morning’s 3.4/9. That leaves The Voice now up 3% from the Monday lows it has hit recently. In its last show of 2013, the Fox freshman went up to a tenth to 2.2/6 to now be even with its last original of November 25.

PREVIOUSLY, 9:12 AM: With just over two weeks before the big day, the Christmas shows and specials are piling up under the TV tree.
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Fox Expands ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Finale & Shifts ‘The Following’ Official Premiere By A Week

By | Friday December 6, 2013 @ 2:15pm PST

fox-tv-logo__130727010919-275x119__131022173606-200x86Fans of Ichabod Crane will get a double dose of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow on January 20. The network said today that the freshman supernatural drama will expand to two hours on the date starting at 8 PM. That means the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Almost Human’ Down In Move To Monday

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 9:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Sleepy Hollow went up a tenth in the finals to 2.6, as did NBC’s The Voice (to 3.5). The NFL-inflated Dancing (2.0) dropped .3, Castle (1.9) dived .4.

PREVIOUS: With football season in full swing, the top attraction on TV last night was ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between the Patriots and Panthers, which drew a big 11.2 overnight rating, up 42% from last Monday and the second highest this season. Surprisingly, the big game had little impact on most shows, including Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (2.5 in adults 18-49), which matched its fast national from last week, and the entire CBS comedy block as all half-hours were even with last Monday. But Fox’s new drama Almost Human (2.2) tumbled 29% in its move to Monday after a Sunday premiere behind an NFL double-header. A drop had been expected, but this is likely more than Fox brass had hoped for as the Sunday debut also faced an NFL game in the second half-hour. On the bright side, Almost Human still outperformed Fox’s Monday 8 PM slot by 5% and held its audience from the first to second half-hour. Read More »

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Fall 2013 Freshman Series Scorecard: Time Slot Gainers and Slackers

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 8:48am PST
Nellie Andreeva

In scheduling their new series in May, network executives always face the dilemma whether bumping off an existing show for a newcomer is worth it. Networks’ goal always is to improve their schedules, but inevitably, their bets not … Read More »

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Fox Pushes Diversity As Business Model At Invite-Only Confab

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 7:57pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Execs at the home of Sleepy Hollow, Glee and The Mindy Project had a message today for showrunners and agents: Diversity is the new ka-ching. “Not only are you going to have more … Read More »

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Premiere Week Live+7 Ratings: Networks In Positive Territory, ‘Agents Of SHIELD’, ‘Big Bang’ & ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Post Biggest Gains

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Here is some good news for the broadcast networks — viewers are not abandoning broadcast, they are just taking their sweet time watching the shows. The Live+7 ratings for premiere week came out today, and it painted a pretty good picture — all nets were up or flat vs. last fall. Compare that with the Live+Same Date ratings for the opening week of the season where only ABC and NBC were up in adults 18-49 and only NBC up in total viewers, while everyone else was down. The turnaround was biggest for Fox, which went from being down 15% year-to-year in 18-49 and down 13% in total viewers in Live+SD to +9% and +7%, respectively. It was fueled by freshman Sleepy Hollow (5.3 18-49 rating), which posted the biggest percentage Live+7 gain in adults 18-49 (70%) and tied CBS’ The Big Bang Theory for the second biggest absolute gain (2.2 rating). That was still good enough for Fox to rank fourth among the Big 4 networks (2.9, 7.5 million total viewers). NBC (3.8, up 6%; 11.5 million, up 17%) remained the leader in 18-49, paced by the premiere of The Blacklist (5.5, up 43%). CBS was still No.1 in total viewers (13 million, up 1%) and moved up from third to second in 18-49 (3.1, nc). Its top performer was the hourlong Big Bang Theory (7.8 in 18-49, up 40%), the highest rated program of premiere week in 18-49. CBS also claimed the most watched program, NCIS, 24.7 million, followed closely by Big Bang (24.2 million). ABC (3.0, up 7%; 7.9 million, -1%) was No.4 in 18-49 but claimed 3 of the Top 5 programs in absolute 18-49 gain: No.1, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (7.0, up 2.3), No.4, Modern Family (6.2, up 2.1), and No.5, Grey’s Anatomy (5.1, up 1.7). While the networks’ Live+7 gains are all good for bragging rights, the networks still don’t have a way of monetizing viewing outside of the Live+3 window. Here are network rankings and a full list of all programs’ Live+7 18-49 performance: Read More »

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Len Wiseman Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 4:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow receiving a second-season pickup, the series’ co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman has signed a two-year overall deal with the studio behind the hot freshman, 20th Century Fox Read More »

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‘The Blacklist’ Posts New Live+3 Viewership Record, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Also Strong

By | Saturday October 5, 2013 @ 11:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

On the heels of landing the first renewals this fall, NBC’s The Blacklist and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow posted more impressive Live+3 numbers. Week two of The Blacklist has set a new Live+3 record, becoming the first broadcast network show to add more than 5 million viewers from Live+Same day to Live+3. The Sept. 30 telecast averaged 16.429 million viewers in L+3, an increase of 5.081 million (45%) vs. L+SD. In adults 18-49, the drama added 50% for a 5.0 L+3 rating. The Blacklist is becoming an increasingly DVR-ed series — its L+3 18-49 lift jumped from 33% in Week 1 to 50% in Week 2. So, despite double-digit Week 2 drops in Live+SD, The Blacklist actually held onto an impressive 97% its premiere in both total viewers and 18-49 after three days of DVR viewing. Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 10:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

And the first pickup for a new series this fall goes to — Fox‘s drama Sleepy Hollow. But instead of the standard back 9 order, the adventure series is getting a second-season renewal for at least 13 episodes. Sleepy Hollow is part of Fox’s strategy for shorter, largely uninterrupted, cable-style runs. It was designed to air its 13-episode first season in the fall before another drama series ordered under the same template, The Following, returns in the Monday 9 PM hour — likely in January. Given the success of Sleepy Hollow, it probably was tempting to try and extend its freshman season to the standard 22 episodes, but Fox brass stuck with their original plan. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who co-created Sleepy Hollow with the pilot’s director Len Wiseman and Phillip Iscove but are now under an overall deal at CBS TV Studios, are on board for Season 2. Also coming back is Mark Goffman, who joined after the pilot as an executive producer assisting Kurtzman and Orci with showrunning duties. “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 chairman Kevin Reilly. Read More »

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BROADCAST PREMIERE WEEK: How Did The Networks Do, What Did We Learn?

Nellie Andreeva

The broadcast premiere week started off with fireworks as several breakout hits emerged Monday and Tuesday — The Blacklist, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sleepy Hollow — and some veteran series returned up year-to-year. But the euphoria subsided as the days went on and the week ended on a whimper, with a weak series launch (ABC’s Betrayal) and across-the-board ratings losses for everyone on Sunday. Here is a look at the four broadcast networks’ performance and a few Premiere Week takeaways:

Strong showing on Monday-Wednesday plus Sunday Night Football was enough for NBC to repeat as the No. 1 network during premiere week in adults 18-49 with its best premiere week rating in five years, 3.1, and the only net to post year-to-year increases in both 18-49 (up 7%) and total viewers (9.7 million, up 19%). What’s more, NBC widened its margin of victory from last year to 35%, the largest for any network in 16 years. And the bump came solely from the entertainment side as premiere week’s SNF was actually down 16% year-to-year (but still the top program of the week by a wide margin). With the exception of Revolution, NBC’s Monday-Wednesday returning shows were all up, led by The Voice. And NBC launched a solid new drama in The Blacklist, which posted the best 18-49 rating for a regular 10 PM drama (3.8) in the past year and the biggest viewer Live+3 increase ever, gaining 4.4 million persons in the first 3 days of DVR viewing. NBC’s problem spot once again is Thursday night where only one series, newbie The Michael J. Fox Show, broke the 2 demo rating threshold.

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One swallow may not make a spring but one big hit can make a good fall. Look at ABC, which finished second in premiere week among adults 18-49 (2.3, up 5%), up from No. 4 last September, despite disappointing launches for Lucky 7 (1.3) and Betrayal (1.5), the lowest-rated series premieres so far this season with numbers that immediately open the cancellation door. But the network put all of its eggs in the Marvel basket and scored big with Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. which opened with a 4.7 18-49 rating, the top-rated new series and the biggest drama premiere in almost four years. The show also became a shining example of the new paradigm by almost doubling its live TV audience via repeat airing, DVR and online viewing in the first several days as more networks, led by Fox, are pushing multi-platform viewing stats. But there is a lot of reason for concern in the ABC executive suite as most of the network’s returning shows came back down, including flagships Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy, and besides the S.H.I.E.L.D.-boosted The Goldbergs, the rest of the network’s new comedies, Trophy Wife and Back In The Game, had tepid debuts, and the upcoming Super Fun Night is already raising a red flag with the decision to scrap the pilot episode. In total viewers, ABC (8 million) was down 4%. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Soft Start For ‘We Are Men’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ & ‘Blacklist’ Hold

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: New Orleans really supports their team. That and a two-minute runover of The Voice led to a bigger than usual adjustment for The Blacklist, which slipped to a 3.3 in the finals, down 13% from the premiere. The Voice was adjusted up a tenth.

PREVIOUS: New CBS comedy We Are Men picked up where its predecessor Partners left off last fall. In its debut, We Are Men drew a 2.0/5 in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers at 8:30 PM, below the debut of swiftly cancelled Partners (2.4, 6.5 million) last September and CBS’ lowest-rated in-season comedy premiere ever. CBS’ entire lineup was down from premiere Monday. How I Met Your Mother (3.1/9, 7.7 million) was down 16% in 18-49, 2 Broke Girls (2.4/6, 7.6 million) was down 14% to tie its series low. New comedy Mom (2.2/5) was down 12%, while freshman drama Hostages (1.5/4, 6 million) was down 17% in the demo. The hostage drama got a reprieve with a solid DVR gain (+50% in 18-49 Live+3) for its debut, but still, these are not live ratings you want to see for a serialized drama so early into its run.

Hostages‘ rival in the 10 PM slot, NBC’s The Blacklist, held up much better in Week 2. The James Spader showcase (3.6/10, 12.1 million) was down a scant 5% in 18-49 from its solid premiere to again rank as the top scripted program of the night. Its lead-in, The Voice (4.6/13, 14.2 million) was down 10%. The numbers for both shows may have been pumped up by a tenth or so by an NFL pre-emption in New Orleans. NBC comfortably won the night in 18-49 and total viewers with the two top programs in 18-49 and No. 1 and No. 3 in total viewers. Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Gets Big DVR Boost In Live+3; Beats ‘Revolution’ & ‘Under The Dome’ Lifts

By | Saturday September 21, 2013 @ 11:10am PDT

The blast from the past seems to have a very strong digital afterlife. The September 16 debut of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow saw the cross-century Ichabod Crane fantasy mystery drama bolt up 43% in Live+3 … Read More »

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‘Fringe’s John Noble Joins ‘Sleepy Hollow’

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 10:01am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Fringe star John Noble is reuniting with Fox and the series’ co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. Noble is set for a major recurring role on Fox’s new drama series Sleepy Hollow, co-created/executive produced … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Strong Debut For ‘Sleepy Hollow’, Solid Finish For ‘Under The Dome’

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 9:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Both Sleepy Hollow and Bones went up a tenth in the finals to a 3.5 and 2.3 18-49 rating, respectively. Sleepy Hollow now stands as Fox’s highest-rated fall drama premiere in 7 years, since Standoff in 2006.

PREVIOUS: That’s how the broadcast networks would want to begin the rollout of new shows, with a strong opening out of the gate. It came courtesy of Fox’s new drama Sleepy Hollow last night. The pilot, co-written by Alex Kurtzman & Bob Orci and directed by Len Wiseman, drew a 3.4/9 among adults 18-49. It edged Fox’s breakout midseason drama The Following (3.1 18-49 rating in the fast nationals, 3.2 in the finals) to post the highest drama debut rating since last September’s bow of NBC’s Revolution, which was buoyed by a big The Voice lead-in and a preview during the Summer Olympics. This marks Fox’s highest-rated fall drama premiere in six years. Sleepy Hollow, a contemporary take on the Headless Horseman tale, grew an impressive 55% from its lead-in, the season premiere of veteran Bones (2.2/7), which was in line with last year’s opener. Understandably, Sleepy Hollow dwarfed Fox’s drama premiere in the time slot last year, the long gone Mob Doctor (1.5/4). Like The Following and Revolution, Sleepy Hollow will likely add as much as 50% or more to its live ratings within the 7-day playback window.

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