Coverage of the 2011 Phillips TV BAFTAs, featuring wins for The Only Way Is Essex, EastEnders and Sherlock, averaged 5.36m (22%) for BBC One between 8pm and 10pm, peaking at 5.68m (23%) for the final 15 minutes.
In the same timeslot, detective drama Vera entertained 5.4m (22.1%) on ITV1 and 128k (0.6%) on +1. The Life and Loss of Karen Woo mustered 1.04m (6.5%) on ITV1 from 10.15pm.
Earlier, RHS Chelsea Flower Show appealed to 3.77m (19.6%) on BBC One from 6.15pm. Countryfile grabbed 6.11m (28.2%) in the 7pm hour, beating The Cube's 3.97m (18.3%) on ITV1 and 115k (0.5%) on timeshift. Match of the Day, featuring highlights of the final day of the Premier League season, had 4.08m (30.4%) on BBC One from 10.30pm.
On BBC Two, a repeat of Top Gear revved up 1.41m (6.5%) in the 7pm hour, before Britain's Secret Seas sailed away with 1.78m (7.4%) from 8pm. Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail locked up 2.96m (11.9%) in the 9pm hour. A screening of Zodiak pulled in 1.15m (8.7%) from 10pm.
Channel 4's Come Dine With Me served up 1.76m (8.1%) in the 7pm hour and 432k (1.8%) on +1. The Hotel continued with 1.78m (7.5%) from 8pm and 216k (0.9%) on +1. A showing of Orphan took 1.5m (7.2%) from 9pm and 307k (2.2%) on timeshift.
Screenings of Fun with Dick and Jane, Miss Congeniality and Proof of life roused 667k (3.3%), 1.17m (4.8%) and 414k (3.6%) on Channel 5 from 6pm.
BBC One owned primetime with 25.2% against ITV1's 18.1% (+1: 0.5%). BBC Two came in third with 8.5%, followed by Channel 4 with 7.3% (+1: 1.2%) and Channel 5 with 4.1%.
Elsewhere, new episodes of US animated comedy Family Guy pulled in 1.16m (5.4%) and 1.42m (7.7%) on BBC Three from 10pm. Coverage of 'Survival Sunday' in the Premier League mustered 1.43m (9%) on Sky Sports 1 between 3pm and 7pm.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional