Series three of Inspector George Gently, first aired last autumn, had 3.67m (16.2%) on BBC One between 8.30pm and 10pm. The programme was just outperformed in the 9pm hour by Law & Order: UK's 4.29m (19%) on ITV1 and 221k (1.2%) on +1.
Antiques Roadshow appealed to 3.62m (20.6%) on BBC One from 6.30pm, before Countryfile commanded 4.93m (22.7%) from 7.30pm. Sugartown, a new comedy about a small northern town's fight to save its rock factory, amused 2m (13.7%) from 10.30pm.
The Royal entertained 3.8m (19.4%) on ITV1 in the 7pm hour and 154k (0.7%) on +1, before Born To Shine continued with 2.81m (12.1%) from 8pm and 186k (0.8%) on timeshift.
Channel 4's A Place in the Sun: Home or Away booked in 1.03m (5.2%) in the 7pm hour and 130k (0.6%) on +1. New series Holiday Hijack launched with 1.32m (5.7%) from 8pm and 170k (0.8%) an hour later. A screening of The Lovely Bones mustered 2.56m (13.7%) from 8pm and 331k (2.6%) on timeshift.
On BBC Two, Around the World in 60 Minutes was watched by 1.15m (5.8%) in the 7pm hour. Top Gear revved up 4.08m (17.8%) in the 8pm hour, down 1m week-on-week, and 860k (3.7%) on BBC HD. Space Shuttle: The Final Mission fetched 1.84m (8.2%) from 9pm and 184k (0.8%) in HD. Live MotoGP coverage drove away with 1.32m (7.3%) from 10pm.
Highlights coverage of the penultimate day of England's first Test against India was seen by 995k (5.1%) on Channel 5 in the 7pm hour. Cowboy Builders built 761k (3.3%) from 8pm and a screening of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines attracted 1.17m (5.9%) from 9pm.
Overall, BBC One won primetime with 19.4% against ITV1's 14.8% (+1: 0.8%). BBC Two scooped third with 10.1%, followed by Channel 4 with 9.3% (+1: 0.8%) and Channel 5 with 4.9%.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional