Life's Too Short, a mockumentary starring Warwick Davis as a dwarf actor whose career has hit the skids, averaged 2.39m (9.9%) for BBC Two from 9.30pm and 142k (0.6%) on BBC HD.
In a strong comedy night for BBC Two, the acclaimed Rev launched its second series with 2.29m (9.5%) from 9pm and Frank Skinner's Opinionated had 1.49m (7.5%) from 10pm.
The Man Who Killed Michael Jackson, a documentary featuring an interview with Conrad Murray, the doctor found guilty of the singer's involuntary manslaughter, was seen by 650k (3.8%) on Channel 4 from 10pm and 107k (1.2%) on +1.
Earlier on Channel 4, Beeny's Restoration Nightmare built 1.69m (6.8%) in the 8pm slot and 244k (1%) on +1. Time Team Special unearthed 1.46m (6.1%) and 175k (1%) on timeshift.
The penultimate episode of The Jury judged 4.64m (19.3%) in the 9pm slot and 271k (1.5%) on +1, outperforming DIY SOS's 3.92m (16.2%) on BBC One.
Elsewhere on BBC One, Motorway Cops was seen by 3.44m (13.9%) in the 8pm hour and Question Time quizzed 2.27m (18.4%) from 10.45pm.
BBC Two's Great British Food Revival was enjoyed by 1.48m (6.6%) in the 7pm slot, and MasterChef: The Professionals served up 2.54m (10.3%) from 8pm.
Channel 5's Lost Heroes of World War I mustered 702k (3.1%) from 7.30pm, before Revealed delighted 1.04m (4.2%) in the 8pm slot.
Afterwards, Big Brother climbed to 1.76m (7.3%) on Channel 5 from 9pm, as Tom O'Connell was evicted from the house. The Mentalist had 1.39m (7.5%) from 10pm.
Overall, ITV1 edged primetime with 21.4% (+1: 0.7%) against BBC One's 19.8%. BBC Two ranked in third with 8.4%, ahead of Channel 4 and Channel 5 who tied for fourth place with 5.1% (C4+1: 0.8%).
Elsewhere, comedy panel show Celebrity Juice topped the multichannels with 1.54m (8.1%) on ITV2 from 10pm and 250k (2.4%) on timeshift. Before, The X Factor USA fetched 639k (2.6%) and 228k (1.1%) on +1.
A double bill of The Big Bang Theory scored for E4, racking up 713k (3%) and 737k (2.9%) from 8pm, along with 248k (1%) and 263k (1.1%) on +1.
Australian drama The Slap continued with 244k (1.3%) on BBC Four from 10pm, and Russell Howard's Good News appealed to 822k (5.1%) on BBC Three from 10.30pm.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional