Writer Derren Litten's final episode amused 5.62m (24.2%) in the 9pm hour and 224k on ITV1 +1, a loss of approximately 500k week-on-week, and down a hefty 1.8m on its fourth series premiere.
Meanwhile, the return of Have I Got News For You to BBC One interested 4.49m (19.2%), following which a QI repeat took 3.39m (14.6%) at 9.30pm.
Friday Night Dinner's first series climaxed with 1.18m (6%) for Channel 4 at 10pm, adding 133k on timeshift. Prior to that, A Place In The Sun and Embarrassing Bodies grabbed 1.06m (4.8%) and 1.83m (7.9%) at 8pm and 9pm, respectively adding 151k and 314k on +1.
With numbers down across the board due to hot weather, Baboons with Bill Bailey made a modest introduction with 2.78m (13.2%) for ITV1 at 8pm, while a new run of A Question of Sport began with just 2.56m (11.4%).
Over on BBC Two, Mastermind and Gardeners' World rumbled on with 1.97m (9.3%) and 2.11m (9.4%) in the 8pm hour, then 1.76m (7.6%) watched Lambing Live conclude and 1.63m (8.2%) tuned in for Frank Skinner's Opinionated at 10pm.
Elsewhere, Ice Road Truckers (8pm), The Mentalist (9pm) and Law & Order (10pm) pulled in respective audiences of 1.07m (4.9%), 1.52m (6.2%) and 965k (5.2%) for Channel 5.
Overall, ITV1 led primetime with 24.3% (+1: 0.6%) to BBC One's 19.1%. BBC Two claimed third with 7.4%, followed by Channel 4 with 5.4% (+1: 0.8%) and Channel 5 with 4.6%.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional