The documentary series about the lives of gypsies and travellers in Britain had an average of 7.48m (29.2%) from 9pm, picking up a further 710k on +1 (3.9%). The Cutting Edge programme outperformed new BBC One sci-fi drama Outcasts, which dropped to 3.32m (13%), a fall of 1.13m from the previous night's series premiere.
Elsewhere, ITV1's Taggart earned 3.03m (11.8%) with a further 144k watching on +1 (0.8%), which was a 600K increase on last week's instalment. Over on BBC Two, Justin Rowlatt's The Chinese Are Coming drew 1.34m (5.2%), while Charlie Brooker's How TV Ruined Your Life amused 1.04m (5.1%) at 10pm.
Channel Five's CSI and CSI: Miami picked up 1.9m (7.4%) and 1.3m (7%) in their respective 9pm and 10pm slots.
It was a strong night for Channel 4, which had increased audiences week-on-week for Gok's Fashion Fix at 8pm and Shameless at 10pm. Gok picked up 2.11m (8.9%) at 8pm and 155k on +1 (0.6%), while Shameless entertained 2.55m (14.4%) at 10pm and 182k on timeshift (2%).
Overall BBC won primetime with 20.2%, ahead of ITV1 15.6% (+1 0.4%). Channel 4 notched up 14.3% (+1 1.3%), followed by BBC Two with 6.2% and Channel 5 with 5.4%.
BBC Three's Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents was the biggest multichannel hit of the night, fetching 770k (3%) at 9pm. The latest episode of Billie Piper's Secret Diary Of A Call Girl mustered 475k (2.3%) on ITV2.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional