Hugh's Fish Fight: The Battle Continues, featuring TV cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall restarting his campaign to change the way people eat fish, was seen by 1.43m (5.7%) on Channel 4 in the 9pm hour, along with 177k (0.9%) on +1.
Also in the 9pm hour, Jason Manford's comedy talent show Show Me The Funny amused 1.87m (7.5%) on ITV1, as former Eddie Murphy lookalike Rudi Lickwood became the fourth contestant to be eliminated after a gig in front of hospital staff.
However, both shows were easily outperformed by a new episode of New Tricks, titled 'Objects Of Desire', which averaged 8.15m (32.6%) for BBC One.
On BBC Three, World's Craziest Fools ended its debut run with 692k (3.9%) from 10.30pm. Earlier, Underage and Pregnant mustered 487k (2%) from 8.30pm and Cherry's Parenting Dilemmas captivated 480k (1.8%) from 9pm.
Back on the terrestrials, Fake Britain fetched 3.45m (15.9%) on BBC One from 7.30pm, while Countrywise Kitchen served up 3.01m (13.2%) on ITV1 from 8pm. Panorama grabbed 2.63m (11%) on BBC One from 8.30pm and A Question of Sport had 2.71m (16.5%) from 10.45pm.
Victorian Pharmacy and Wonderstuff scooped 720k (3.6%) and 860k (4%) respectively on BBC Two in the 7pm hour. University Challenge and Antiques Master captivated 2.41m (10.2%) and 1.59m (6.6%) in the 8pm hour. Horizon enthralled 1.29m (5.2%) from 9pm and Shooting Stars amused 1.12m (5.1%) from 10pm.
New series The Secret Life of Buildings continued with 780k (3.3%) on Channel 4 in the 8pm hour. Jennifer Saunders: Laughing At The 90s mustered 650k (4.1%) from 10pm.
Channel 5's How Do They Do It? pulled in 422k (1.9%) from 7.30pm, before Police Interceptors arrested 1.3m (5.5%) from 8pm. A showing of The Invasion fetched 1.03m (4.5%) from 9pm.
Overall, BBC One dominated primetime with 25% against ITV1's 18.7% (+1: 0.4%). BBC Two came in third place with 5.9%, followed by Channel 4's 4.3% and Channel 5's 4% (+1: 0.7%).
Elsewhere, Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen USA continued on ITV2 with 433k (1.7%) from 10pm and 145k (0.7%) on +1.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional