The Gareth Malone talent search, which found yet more viewers, averaged 2.84m (12.8%) in the 9pm hour, extending its lead over Homefront which sunk to 2.34m (10.6%) on ITV1 (+1: 160k/0.9%).
BBC Two's new Jewish sitcom Hebburn, which has received rave reviews from critics, launched with 1.81m (9.6%) in the 10pm slot after The Choir.
The comedy had competition courtesy of Channel 4's documentary My Tattoo Addiction, which gained significant interest with 1.68m (10.3%) tuning in live and 229k (2.7%) catching it on +1.
Elsewhere, movie Pale Rider (914k/5%) salvaged Channel 5's night and helped it to regain its fifth ranking above ITV2.
Overall, BBC One led the way in primetime with 19.8%, ahead of ITV1's 17.1% (+1: 0.8%). BBC Two claimed third place with an impressive 9.6%, while Channel 4 averaged 6.9% (+1: 0.9%), and Channel 5 had 3.6% (+1: 0.1%).
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BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional