Well yeah, Mark Harmon or Hillary no comparison on who to watch……

CNN’s broadcast set a record for Democratic debates, but it still fell short of the GOP’s ratings and wasn’t even the night’s most-watched show.

Hillary Clinton was widely declared the winner of Tuesday night’s debate, but in terms of ratings, the Democrats lost to the GOP … and NCIS.

Hosted by CNN TWX -2.42% and Facebook FB -0.18% , the first Democratic debate of the 2016 election season averaged 15.3 million total viewers, according to Nielsen’s numbers. That marked a new ratings record for Democratic debates, but it still fell well short of the GOP’s numbers.

The first GOP debate aired on Fox News FOX -0.79% in August and pulled in a record-breaking 24 million viewers. Last month’s follow-up on CNN pulled in roughly 23 million, which was a record for CNN.

The Dems’ ratings also couldn’t top the 15.7 million viewers who tuned in to watch the fourth episode of the season for CBS CBS 0.21% drama NCIS, starring actor Mark Harmon.

Of course, without the headline-grabbing antics of a candidate like Donald Trump, few people expected the Democrats to compete with the GOP’s ratings success. The media frenzy around the billionaire real estate mogul’s campaign drove millions to tune in to the first two GOP debates in large part to see what he might say next.

Not surprisingly, Trump joked earlier in the week that the Democratic debate would fall flat with television audiences while he promised to live-tweet what he predicted would be a “boring” event.

Also unsurprisingly, Trump’s social media presence grabbed plenty of attention Tuesday with the biggest tweet of the night.