The Cutting Edge documentary, exploring the unique lives of gypsies and travellers in Britain, averaged 6.45m (23.8%) for Channel 4 from 9pm, up 420k week-on-week. A further 1.04m (5.7%) tuned in an hour later, the biggest multichannel audience of the night.
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings just outperformed Silent Witness in the 9pm hour, after the drama brought in 6.37m (23.5%) on BBC One. Both shows proved too strong for Taggart, which had 2.4m (8.9%) on ITV1.
Holby City pulled in 5.96m (24.5%) in the 8pm hour, beating The Betty Driver Story's 3.71m (15.2%) on ITV1. Earlier, The One Show entertained 4.81m (21.6%) on BBC One from 7pm, while Grimefighters had 3.05m (12.9%) on ITV1 from 7.30pm, up 300k week-on-week.
Over at BBC Two, Natural World captivated 1.83m (8%) from 7pm, before A Farmer's Life For Me entertained 2.03m (8.4%). Do We Really Need the Moon? posed the question to 1.78m (6.6%) in the 9pm hour and Charlie Brooker's How TV Ruined Your Life mustered 1.21m (5.9%) from 10pm.
Gok's Clothes Roadshow had 1.9m (7.8%) on Channel 4 in the 8pm hour and 141k (0.5%) on +1. Shameless rounded out the evening with 2.52m (14.4%) from 10pm and 346k (3.7%) on timeshift.
Channel 5's Extraordinary Dogs mustered 885k (3.8%) from 7.30pm, before documentary Gladiators: Rome Unwrapped fetched 1.11k (4.6%). CSI and CSI: Miami brought in 1.53m (5.6%) and 1.1m (6%) respectively from 9pm.
Overall, BBC One owned primetime with 24.3% against ITV1's 14.1%. Channel 4 came in third with 12.6%, ahead of BBC Two with 7.2% (+1: 1.6%) and Channel 5 with 4.6%.
Sky's big budget new Sky Atlantic channel launched with Let the Stories Begin, which pulled in 147k from 8pm. Martin Scorsese's lavish drama Boardwalk Empire then entertained 438k between 9pm and 10.30pm.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional