Small Teen, Bigger World, a miniseries following teenager Jazz Burkitt who has restricted growth, averaged 714k (3%) for BBC Three in the 9pm hour, down on the 1.1m that tuned in for Small Teen, Big World last year.
Series eight of crime drama New Tricks, which stars Amanda Redman and James Bolam, continued with 7.63m (31.7%) on BBC One in the 9pm hour, down 620k on last week's debut episode.
However, the show easily outperformed Strictly Kosher, a documentary on the Jewish community in Britain, which pulled in 3.26m (13.5%) on ITV1 and 266k (1.5%) on +1.
Earlier, Fake Britain fetched 3.12m (15.6%) on BBC One from 7.30pm, while Countrywise Kitchen served up 3.13m (14.3%) on ITV1 from 8pm and 109k (0.5%) on timeshift. Panorama grabbed 3.66m (15.9%) on BBC One from 8.30pm.
The Truth About Wildlife and Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury scooped 840k (4.6%) and 1.34m (6.6%) respectively on BBC Two in the 7pm hour. University Challenge and Antiques Master captivated 2.38m (10.3%) and 1.55m (6.7%) in the 8pm hour. The Life of Muhammad, a controversial new documentary miniseries on the prophet Muhammad, appealed to 1.66m (6.9%) from 9pm and 127k (0.5%) on BBC HD. QI amused 1.57m (7.9%) from 10pm.
Channel 4's Dispatches pulled in 1.23m (5.5%) in the 8pm hour and 297k (1.2%) on +1. Embarrassing Bodies enthralled 1.99m (8.3%) from 9pm and 375k (2.1%) on timshift. Comedy drama Sirens continued with 1m (5.8%) from 10pm, along with 118k (1.4%) an hour later.
How Do They Do It? appealed to 344k (1.7%) on Channel 5 from 7.30pm, before Police Interceptors arrested 1.2m (5.3%) from 8pm. The Restaurant Inspector judged 913k (3.8%) from 9pm. A showing of Philadelphia mustered 618k (5.3%) from 10pm.
Overall, BBC One won primetime with 25% against ITV1's 21.5% (+1: 0.6%). BBC Two came in third place with 7.2%, followed by Channel 4's 6% (+1: 1.1%) and Channel 5's 3.6%.
Elsewhere, World's Craziest Fools entertained 637k (4.1%) on BBC Three from 10.30pm. NCIS had 427k (1.8%) on Five USA from 9pm.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional