Sandwiched between episodes of Coronation Street, Wild Britain with Ray Mears drummed up 3.17m (13.6%) at 8pm.
On BBC One, The Two Ronnies Sketchbook entertained 3.07m (13.1%) at 8.30pm, before Have I Got News For You summoned a stellar 5.24m (22.8%) to comfortably win its 9pm timeslot. Live at the Apollo rounded off the channel's evening of comedy with 3.38m (15%).
Mastermind held 2.02m (8.7%) in suspense on BBC Two at 8pm before Michel Roux Jr gave 2.06m (8.8%) his best culinary tips in Masterchef: The Professionals. Gardeners' World increased the audience ever so slightly to 2.12m (9.3%).
Channel 4's Come Dine With Me dipped below the 1m barrier, cooking up 920k (4%) at 8pm. It stayed strong on timeshift, however, with a +1 audience of 237k (1%). The Million Pound Drop Live took 1.76m (8%), with a further 212k (1.3%) catching up an hour later.
Ice Road Truckers interested 1.06m (4.5%), making it Channel 5's top Friday night primetime offering. Windtalkers followed with an average of 908k (4.8%).
Family Guy on BBC Three was the most-watched multichannel programme of the night. An epsiode screened at 10.55pm grabbed 918k (6.2%) viewers.
ITV1 topped the primetime audience table with 22.8%, and BBC One followed with a round 20%. BBC Two, Channel 4 and Channel 5 followed with scores of 7.8%, 5.8% and 3.6% respectively.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional