In a week where ITV resolved to choose contestants more carefully after a series of scandals, the dating show took 4.73m (20.6%) and a further 270k (1.1%) on timeshift. The Mark Wright-fronted Take Me Out: The Gossip saw 535k (2.2%) switch over to ITV2 at 8.30pm.
On ITV1, The Talent Show Story continued with 2.38m and a 10% audience share (+1: 136k, 0.6%) and The Jonathan Ross Show mustered 2.4m (11.2%) at 9.30pm. An additional 117k (0.7%) chose to watch an hour later.
BBC One dominated the primetime schedule. The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins took 5.71m (24.4%) at 8pm before Casualty upped the broadcaster's viewing figures to 6.07m (25.6%). Live at the Apollo managed 3.64m (16.9%) at 9.30pm.
On BBC Two, The Man Who Made Eric and Ernie intrigued 1.83m (7.8%). Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil followed with 890k (3.8%).
A successful night for Channel 4 began with Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which grabbed 1.41m (6%) from 7.45pm. The blockbuster film generated an extra 280k (1.2%) on timeshift. The Million Pound Drop Live increased the audience to 1.86m (9%) from 9pm (+1: 145k, 0.9%).
On Channel 5, NCIS took 969k (4.2%) before Celebrity Big Brother and Along Came Polly nabbed 1.71m (7.2%) and 925k (4.6%) respectively.
Foyle's War predictably took the largest multichannel audience of the evening, scoring 1.34m (6.3%) from 9pm on ITV3.
BBC One conjured an overall 22.1% share, followed by ITV1's 13.7%. In a reversal of traditional ratings protocol, Channel 4 pipped BBC Two to third place, though both amassed 6.7%. Channel 5 trailed on 5.3%.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional