Series nine of Waking The Dead averaged 6.01m (23.8%) for BBC One in the 9pm hour, trouncing Law & Order: UK's 3.6m (14.2%) on ITV1 and 197k (1.1%) on +1. Earlier on ITV1, The Lakes entertained 3.54m (13.7%) from 8pm and 123k (0.5%) on timeshift.
Elsewhere on BBC One, Bang Goes The Theory educated 3.43m (14.3%) from 7.30pm and Panorama: Fighting Gaddafi mustered 2.99m (11.6%) from 8.30pm. Comedy Mrs Brown's Boys amused 2.96m (21%) from 10.45pm.
On BBC Two, Nicolas Sarkozy: President Bling Bling? fetched 740k (3.2%) in the 7pm hour. University Challenge and Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets cooked up 2.73m (10.6%) and 1.88m (7.3%) respectively in the 8pm hour. The Secret War on Terror captivated 1.19m (4.7%) from 9pm, before Never Mind The Buzzcocks amused 1.08m (5.4%).
Coach Trip had 1.74m (10.9%) on Channel 4 from 5.30pm and 277k (1.3%) on timeshift. Later, Dispatches: Train Journeys From Hell fetched 1.65m (6.4%) from 8pm and 159k (0.6%) on +1. One Born Every Minute had 2.75m (10.9%) from 9pm and 325k (1.8%) an hour later. Heston's Chocolate Factory Feast pulled in 890k (5.1%) from 10pm and 187k (2.2%) on +1, before The Event grabbed 350k (4.4%) from 11.15pm.
Channel 5's How Do They Do It? mustered 814k (3.4%) from 7.30pm, before The Gadget Show took 1.23m (4.8%) in the 8pm hour. A screening of Romeo Must Die was watched by 930k (4.6%) from 9pm.
Overall, ITV1 narrowly won primetime with 22.9% (+1: 0.5%) against BBC One's 22.7%. Channel 4 came in third with 6.7% (+1: 0.8%), followed by BBC Two with 5.6% and Channel 5 with 3.9%.
Elsewhere, Glee averaged 1.4m (5.7%) for E4 from 9pm and 318k (1.9%) on E4 +1. Twenty Twelve, the BBC's controversial comedy about members of an organising team preparing for the London 2012 Olympic Games, continued with 450k (2.2%) on BBC Four from 10pm.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional