Injustice, starring James Purefoy, Dervla Kerwin and Nathaniel Parker, averaged 5.32m (20.5%) for ITV1 from 9pm and 267k (1.5%) on +1.
The programme outperformed Case Histories in the 9pm hour, after the Jason Isaacs-starring crime drama mustered 4.46m (18%) on BBC One, down 960k on the previous night's debut episode.
Earlier, Saints and Scroungers fetched 3.31m (16.1%) from 7.30pm, while The Dales entertained 3.48m (15.7%) on ITV1 from 8pm and 101k (0.4%) on timeshift. Panorama grabbed 2.86m (12.2%) on BBC One from 8.30pm and A Question of Sport amused 2.69m (18%) from 10.45pm.
Over at BBC Two, The Story of Ireland enchanted 860k (4.3%) in the 7pm hour. Springwatch captivated 2.38m (10.4%) from 8pm and 110k (0.5%) on BBC HD. All Watched Over by Machines of Love and Grace educated 800k (3.3%) in the 9pm hour and Psychoville 2 concluded with 630k (3.2%) from 10pm.
Channel 4's Dispatches pulled in 810k (3.6%) in the 8pm hour and 152k (0.6%) on +1. Embarrassing Fat Bodies enthralled 2.95m (11.9%) from 9pm and 504k (2.8%) an hour later. A screening of 27 Dresses enchanted 1.05m (8%) from 10pm and 112k (0.7) on timeshift.
Highlights of England's Test clash with Sri Lanka were seen by 629k (3.2%) from 7pm, before The Gadget Show switched on 573k (2.5%) from 8pm. The Hotel Inspector booked in 1.4m (5.7%) in the 9pm hour and new series The Restaurant Inspector debuted with 1.09m (6%) from 10pm. A showing of Gothika mustered 345k (4.6%) from 10pm.
Overall, ITV1 won primetime with 25.1% (+1: 0.6%) against BBC One's 20.5%. Channel 4 came in third with 6.5% (+1: 0.8%), followed by BBC Two with 5.4% and Channel 5 with 4.3%.
Elsewhere, the penultimate episode of season two of Glee was watched by 1.1m (4.5%) on E4 in the 9pm hour and 204k (1.1%) on E4+1. The show was followed by reality TV series Made In Chelsea, which dazzled 468k (2.6%) in the 10pm hour.
World's Craziest Fools, presented by former A-Team star Mr. T, premiered with 756k (4.7%) on BBC Three from 10.30pm. Fantasy drama Game Of Thrones had 523k (2.2%) on Sky Atlantic from 9pm.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional