The Jury, a five-part drama series written by Peter Morgan following the lives of jurors on a high-profile legal case, launched with 6.22m (24.4%) from 9pm and 203k (1.1%) on +1.
Meanwhile, BBC One's Young Apprentice pulled in 4m (15.7%) as Hannah Richards become the latest apprentice to be fired by Lord Alan Sugar after the flower selling task.
Inside Out had 3.21m (13.4%) on BBC One from 7.30pm, and Panorama mustered 2.96m (11.5%) from 8.30pm. A Question of Sport fetched 2.56m (16.5%) from 10.45pm, while ITV1's Real Crime was seen by 1.8m (13.7%).
Channel 4's Hippo: Nature's Wild Feast, featuring footage from live streaming of a hippo carcass being devoured in Africa, was enjoyed by 1.96m (8.1%) from 9pm and 203k (1.2%) on +1. Earlier, Go Greek for a Week fetched 1.04m (4.1%) from 8pm and 138k (0.5%) on timeshift.
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip enthralled 2.24m (9.5%) on BBC Two in the 7pm hour. University Challenge and MasterChef: The Professionals grabbed 3.45m (13.7%) and 2.79m (10.9%) respectively in the 8pm hour. The Choir: Military Wives delighted 2.27m (8.9%) from 9pm and Never Mind The Buzzcocks amused 1.46m (7%) from 10pm.
Lost Heroes of World War I delighted 400k (1.7%) on Channel 5 from 7.30pm, and The Gadget Show switched on 852k (3.3%) in the 8pm slot. The new series of The Hotel Inspector booked in 1.41m (5.5%) from 9pm. Big Brother attracted 1.4m (7.4%) in the 10pm hour, before Big Brother's Bit On The Side entertained 522k (5.3%) from 11pm.
Overall, ITV1 dominated primetime with 24.6% (+1: 0.4%) against BBC One's 18.6%. BBC Two took third with 9.5%, followed by Channel 4's 5.6% (+1: 0.8%) and Channel 5's 4.2%.
Elsewhere, Only Connect quizzed 692k (2.7%) on BBC Four from 8.30pm. A double bill of Hell's Kitchen USA served up 462k (1.8%) and 399k (2.1%) on ITV2 from 9pm, along with 119k (0.6%) and 128k (1.3%) on +1. Sci-fi series Terra Nova mustered 643k (2.5%) on Sky1 from 8pm.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional