(CNN) - More than 5 million households tuned in to the CBS Republican debate Saturday night, but the presidential faceoff was trumped by two major sports events.
ABC won the 8 p.m. ET hour with a college football matchup between No. 4-ranked Stanford vs. No. 7-ranked Oregon. And 400,000 more viewers tuned in for the debut of UFC mixed martial arts on Fox than the debate.
CBS averaged 5.3 million households in the foreign policy-focused discussion co-hosted with National Journal, according to Nielsen's Fast Nationals while 5.7 million watched the UFC programming.
Viewership of the CBS debate outweighed that of CNBC's economic debate held three days prior, when 3.3 million viewers turned their attention to the GOP candidates. But although it seems network television may have drawn a bigger audience than cable, Nielsen ratings from the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate held in October tell another story.
As the candidates sparred on issues from hostage negotiations to immigration, an average of 5.5 million households looked on-more than the tally for the network-hosted debate that aired Saturday.