Series nine of Waking The Dead, which premiered the previous evening, continued with 5.91m (23.5%) for BBC One in the 9pm hour.
The show totally outperformed series four of Law & Order: UK, which had 4.08m (16.3%) on ITV1, down a massive 1.4m week-on-week. An additional 191k (1.1%) watched the show on +1. Earlier on ITV1, The Lakes entertained 3.5m (13.9%) from 8pm.
Elsewhere on BBC One, Panorama: Exposed - The Dark Arts mustered 2.58m (10.2%) from 8.30pm and comedy Mrs Brown's Boys amused 2.99m (22.4%) from 10.45pm.
Coach Trip had 1.75m (11.1%) on Channel 4 from 5.30pm and 185k (0.9%) on timeshift. Later, Dispatches: Britain's Secret Fat Cats fetched 980k (3.9%) from 8pm, before One Born Every Minute had 2.57m (10.2%) and 382k (2.2%) on timeshift. The Event pulled in 600k (3.3%) from 10pm and 170k (1.9%) on +1. Another episode of the US drama grabbed 490k (4.7%) from 10.45pm.
Channel 5's How Do They Do It? mustered 553k (2.4%) from 7.30pm, before The Gadget Show took 1.3m (5.1%) in the 8pm hour. A screening of Chaos was watched by 984k (4.8%) from 9pm.
Over on BBC Two, University Challenge and Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets cooked up 3.09m (13.2%) and 2.11m (8.3%) respectively in the 8pm hour. The Secret War on Terror captivated 1.13m (4.5%) in the 9pm hour, before Never Mind The Buzzcocks amused 880k (4.4%).
Overall, ITV1 won primetime with 23.7% (+1: 0.4%) against BBC One's 22.6%. BBC Two came in third with 6.3%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.8% (+1: 0.8%) and Channel 5 with 4.1%.
Elsewhere, Glee averaged 1.25m (5%) for E4 from 9pm and 196k (1.1%) on E4 +1. Will Young's Bedlam rallied to 257k (1.5%) on Sky Living in the 10pm hour.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional