Holy Flying Circus, a 90-minute comedy drama re-imagining the controversy that surrounded the release of Monty Python's 1979 film Life Of Brian, averaged 534k (2.4%) for BBC Four from 9pm.
Series three of The Only Way Is Essex continued to dazzle on ITV2, pulling in 938k (4.9%) from 10pm, as well as a further 182k (1.9%) on timeshift.
Also on the multi-channels, the penultimate episode of Jack Thorne's horror drama The Fades thrilled 453k (2.6%) on BBC Three in the 9pm hour.
Live coverage of Arsenal's Champions League clash with Marseille was enjoyed by 3.79m (16.3%) on ITV1 between 7.30pm and 10pm. It proved too strong for Planet Dinosaur's 2.8m (12%) on BBC One from 8.30pm and Panorama's 3.84m (16.1%) in the 9pm slot.
Ask Rhod Gilbert brought in 1.52m (13.3%) on BBC One from 10.45pm and Film 2011 with Claudia Winkleman delighted 650k (8.3%) half an hour later.
A History of Ancient Britain appealed to 1.72m (7.9%) on BBC Two in the 7pm hour, before All Roads Lead Home fetched 1.75m (7.5%) from 8pm. Faster Than The Speed of Light? had 1.43m (4.6%) from 9pm and Rab C Nesbitt amused 1.37m (6.8%) from 10pm.
Channel 4's new show Kirstie's Handmade Britain located 2.3m (9.9%) in the 8pm hour and 230k (1%) on +1. Grand Designs constructed 2.96m (12.4%) from 9pm and 286k (1.6%) on timeshift. Fresh Meat continued with 1.04m (5.7%) from 10pm and 160k (1.8%) an hour later.
Highland Emergency took 1.07m (4.9%) on Channel 5 from 7.30pm, before Dangerous Drivers' School educated 1.44m (6.2%) in the 8pm slot. Paul Merton's Adventures had 1.81m (7.6%) from 9pm.
Big Brother, featuring celebrities such as Katie Price making a visit to the house, continued on Channel 5 with 1.37m (7.7%) in the 10pm hour, and Big Brother's Bit On The Side entertained 362k (4.1%) on 5* from 11pm.
Overall, BBC One won primetime with 18.2% against ITV1's 16.3% (+1: 0.3%). Channel 4 came in third with 8.3% (+1: 1%), followed by BBC Two with 7% and Channel 5 with 6%.
Elsewhere, Don't Tell The Bride tied the knot with 670k (2.9%) on BBC Three from 8pm and Up for Hire Live employed 215k (0.9%) from 9pm.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional