The first episode of the mini-series, which stars James Nesbitt and Minnie Driver, averaged 4.98m (21.9%) for BBC One in the 9pm hour. An impressive 287k (1.3%) also watched the programme on BBC HD.
New Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? appealed to 3.89m (17.6%) on ITV1 in the 8pm hour, but the revamped gameshow was outperformed by Holby City, which took 5.14m (23.2%) on BBC One.
The Bill grabbed 2.63m (11.6%) for ITV1 in the 9pm hour, before Ladette To Lady pulled in 970k (7.8%) between 10.45pm and 11.45pm. Earlier on ITV1, Children's Hospital secured 2.48m (11.9%) from 7.30pm.
EastEnders took the biggest soap audience of the night, with 8.22m (39.6%) watching on BBC One between 7.30pm and 8pm. The show pulled in a further 993k (4.9%) when it was repeated on BBC Three from 10pm, which was the largest multichannel audience of the night.
Wainwright's Walks: Coast To Coast averaged 1.25m (6.7%) on BBC Two from 7pm, before Mastermind: Champion Of Champions took 2.09m (10.1%).
A repeat of Top Gear pulled in 2.11m (9.5%) for BBC Two in the 8pm hour, before That Mitchell And Webb Look and Shooting Stars secured respective audiences of 1.31m (5.8%) and 1.28m (5.6%) in the 9pm hour. Sitcom Miranda grabbed 1.13m (5.6%) between 10pm and 10.30pm.
The Ugly Face Of Beauty averaged 1.28m (5.8%) for Channel 4 in the 8pm hour, with a further 152k (0.7%) watching the show on Channel 4 +1.
Who Know's Best: Can't Sleep Kids took 1.8m (7.9%) in the 9pm hour and 200k (1.1%) on timeshift. It was followed by Big Brother, which pulled in 2.19m (12.5%) from 10pm and 207k (2.3%) on timeshift.
Michaela's Zoo Babies appealed to 395k (1.9%) on Five between 7.30pm and 8pm, before documentary Bermuda Triangle: The Mystery Revealed took 2.17m (9.8%). CSI: Miami grabbed 2.23m (9.8%) for the channel from 9pm.
Overall, BBC One dominated primetime with 23.7% against ITV1's 14.8%. Five impressively came third with 7.4%, followed by BBC Two and Channel 4 jointly with 7.3% (C4 +1: 0.7%).
Elsewhere, BBC Three documentary Glamour Models, Mum & Me was watched by 781k (3.4%) in the 9pm hour, which was the third biggest multichannel audience of the evening.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional