Series five of Lewis, the Inspector Morse spinoff starring Kevin Whately, was seen by 6.33m (24.7%) on ITV1 between 8pm and 10pm. A further 196k (0.9%) watched the show on ITV1+1.
In contrast, Antiques Roadshow unearthed 5.98m (23.7%) on BBC One in the 8pm hour and Waking The Dead held just 5.43m (21%) in the 9pm hour.
Earlier, Countryfile brought in 6.29m (28.3%) on BBC One in the 7pm hour, beating The Cube's 3.96m (17.8%) on ITV1 and 262k (1%) on timeshift.
Jackie Stewart: The Flying Scot revved up 1.24m (5.9%) on BBC Two between 6.30pm and 8pm, before a repeat of Top Gear grabbed 2.45m (9.7%) and 131k (0.5%) on the BBC HD channel.
Louis Theroux: America's Most Hated Family In Crisis captivated 2.97m (11.5%) on BBC Two in the 9pm hour and Match Of The Day 2 scored with 2.25m (12.8%) from 10pm.
Channel 4's Come Dine With Me cooked up 1.56m (7.1%) in the 8pm hour and 368k (1.5%) on +1. Civilisation: Is The West History? educated 740k (2.9%) from 9pm, before Country House Rescue took 1.45m (5.6%) and 227k (1.3%) on timeshift. A screening of The Magdalene Sisters had 890k (7.2%) from 10pm.
On Channel 5, showings of High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Just Married and Two Week's Notice roused 990k (4.9%), 678k (2.6%) and 839k (6%) respectively from 6pm.
Overall, BBC One narrowly won primetime with 22.7% against ITV1's 20.3% (+1: 0.8%). BBC Two came in third with 9.9%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.1% (+1: 0.9%) and Channel 5 with 3.6%.
Elsewhere, The Only Way Is Essex dazzled 832k (4.5%) on ITV2 from 10pm and 140k (1.3%) on timeshift.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional