Ratings: ‘Heartbeat’ Debut Shows Signs of a Weak Pulse in Key Demographic

Not strong in 18-49 demo, Melissa George medical drama fares better among total viewers

NBC’s “Heartbeat” series premiere showed weak vitals in the key 18-49 demographic last night, especially following a strong lead-in from “The Voice.”

The Melissa George medical drama debuted better among total viewers, though its host network still settled for second place overall on Tuesday.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 11.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., the mighty “NCIS” scored a 2.0/7 and 15.6 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 9 posted a 1.8/6 and 13.1 million viewers. “Limitless” at 10 received a 1.3/4 and 6.8 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.5/5 and in viewers with 7 million. “The Voice” at 8 earned a 2.4/9 and 10.5 million viewers. “Heartbeat” at 9 had a 1.4/5 and 6.3 million viewers. A rerun followed.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 3.1 million. At 8, “Fresh Off the Boat” got a 1.2/5 and 4.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “The Real O’Neals” received a 1.0/4 and 3.8 million viewers. “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” at 9 posted a 0.9/3 and 2.9 million viewers. A repeat followed.

The CW was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 2.1 million. “The Flash” at 8 had a 1.1/4 and 3 million viewers. At 9, “iZombie” got a 0.5/2 and 1.3 million viewers.

Univision and Fox tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.6/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers, with 1.7 million; Fox was sixth with 1.6 million.

For Fox, “New Girl” at 8 received a 1.0/4 and 2.3 million viewers. It was the only original episode on the network’s primetime schedule.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.