BBC One secured 8.74m (36.9%), and 306k watched on BBC HD, thrashing ITV1's Paul O'Grady Live, which plummeted to 2.6m (11.1%), a 800k audience loss week-on-week.
The One Show delivered 4.26m (20.6%) to BBC One at 7pm, Real Rescues had 3.21m (14.8%) at 7.30pm, then QI took 4.63m (19.3%), denting the second edition of Coronation Street. Meanwhile, Cheetah Kingdom managed just 2.47m (10.7%) for ITV1 at 8pm opposite EastEnders.
BBC Two's Ryder Cup coverage scored 1.5m (6.3%) from 8.30pm, then The Rob Brydon Show pulled in a solid 2.02m (10.1%) at 10pm, and Jeremy Paxman's Newsnight interview with Russell Brand appealed to 772k (4.7%).
Earlier on the channel, a special edition of Gardeners' World interested 1.51m (7.1%) at 7pm, after which Mastermind mustered 2.19m (9.4%).
Come Dine with Me cooked up 1.59m (6.7%) for Channel 4 during the 8pm hour, pipped by Five again after Eddie Stobart: Truck and Trailers picked up 1.6m (6.7%).
Later at 9pm, 1.25m (5.3%) watched Embarrassing Bodies, and 8 Out of 10 Cats amused 1.46m (7.5%) at 10pm. Over on Five, The Mentalist and Law & Order: SVU brought in respective audiences of 1.12m (4.7%) and 1.29m (6.7%).
Overall, BBC One led primetime with an average share of 26.4% to ITV1's 18.9% (HD: 0.6%). BBC Two came in third with 7.2%, Channel 4 followed with 5.4% (+1: 0.8%), and Five had 4.7%.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional