Series four of Law & Order: UK, starring Freema Agyeman and Bradley Walsh, premiered with 5.48m (21.9%) on ITV1 in the 9pm hour and 84k (0.5%) on timeshift. The show proved too strong for Motorway Cops, which managed just 2.92m (11.7%) on BBC One. Earlier on ITV1, The Lakes entertained 3.61m (14.2%) from 8pm and 85k (0.3%) on timeshift.
Elsewhere on BBC One, Panorama: Smoking And The Bandit mustered 2.98m (11.8%) from 8.30pm and new BBC comedy Mrs Brown's Boys amused 2.68m (19.5%) from 10.45pm.
Coach Trip continued with 1.54m (10%) on Channel 4 from 5.30pm and 262k (1.3%) on timeshift. Later, Dispatches: Selling Off Britain fetched 810k (3.2%) from 8pm and 65k (0.3%) on +1. It was followed by One Born Every Minute, which had 2.51m (10%) and 329k (1.9%) on timeshift. A screening of Borat fetched 730k (5%) from 10pm and 96k (1.3%) an hour later.
Channel 5's How Do They Do It? mustered 790k (3.4%) from 7.30pm, before The Gadget Show took 1.11m (4.4%) in the 8pm hour. Royal Navy Caribbean Patrol sailed in with 1.36m (5.4%) from 9pm and a screening of Kill Switch was watched by 842k (6.3%) from 10pm.
Over on BBC Two, University Challenge and Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets cooked up 2.94m (11.6%) and 2.06m (8.2%) respectively in the 8pm hour. When Teenage Meets Old Age captivated 1.46m (5.8%) in the 9pm hour, before Never Mind The Buzzcocks amused 1.22m (6.1%).
Overall, ITV1 won primetime with 25.5% (+1: 0.3%) against BBC One's 19.1%. BBC Two came in third with 6.4%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.4% (+1: 0.8%) and Channel 5 with 4.2%.
Elsewhere, Glee averaged 1.39m (5.6%) for E4 from 9pm, the biggest multichannel audience of the night. A further 250k (1.4%) watched the musical comedy on E4 +1. Will Young's Bedlam rallied to 248k (1.4%) on Sky Living in the 10pm hour, up 59k week-on-week.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional