Hosted as usual by Jonathan Ross, the live ceremony - which saw Miranda Hart pick up three gongs - averaged 2.53m (11.5%) between 9pm and 11pm, adding a further 206k (1.2%) on timeshift.
Despite shedding 2.2m on last year's ITV screening, the rating caps a strong week for Channel 4 - where Big Fat Gypsy Weddings pulled in the broadcaster's best figures since 2007.
A Night At The Museum took 1.92m (8%) between 7pm and 9pm, before adding a decent 352k (1.5%) on Channel 4 +1.
Elsewhere, The Magicians lost 200k of its audience, grabbing 5.23m (22.3%) in the 7pm hour on BBC One, while ITV1's Primeval climbed to a still-modest 3.93m (16.6%).
Paddy McGuinness's Take Me Out increased its viewership to 4.29m (17.5%) at 8pm, after which a Benidorm repeat picked up 2.84m (12.3%).
Meanwhile, The National Lottery: In It To Win It and Casualty logged solid audiences of 6.09m (24.9%) and 5.99m (24.6%) for BBC One.
Over on BBC Two, The Return Of 'Allo 'Allo! entertained 2.56m (10.6%) between 7.15pm and 9pm, then QI XL and The Tudors mustered 2.02m (8.4%) and 2.03m (9.3%).
NCIS, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY appealed to 1.08m (4.4%), 1.04m (4.2%) and 2.07m (9.5%) for Channel 5.
Overall, BBC One easily won primetime with 22% to ITV1's 14.1%. Channel 4 claimed third place with 9.7% (+1: 1.2%), followed by BBC Two with 9.5%, and Channel 5 with 5.6%.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional