Kicking off at 9pm, the live ceremony averaged 1.84m (a 9.5% share) between 9pm and 11.15pm, adding 158,000 on Channel 4 +1.
Hosted by Jonathan Ross, the show was winning its slot between 10.45pm and 11pm when Jack Whitehall was named King of Comedy.
Last night's figure compares kindly to last year, with ratings up over 150,000 viewers on the 2011 event.
Elsewhere, ITV's one-off factual show Weight Loss Ward gained 3.81m (17.3%) and beat BBC One's Miniature Britain (2.82m/12.8%) in the 8pm slot.
Over on BBC Two, MasterChef: The Professionals maintained an impressive 3.65m (16.6%) in the 8pm hour, then The Hour took 1.14m (5.1%).
ITV's Andrew Scott drama The Town lost out to a new edition of BBC One's Traffic Cops, the latter mustering 3.84m (17.3%) above the former's 3.22m (14.5%).
Meanwhile, Chris Tarrant's new 5 series Extreme Railways chugged along with 1.44m (6.5%) at 9pm (+1: 110k), prior to which 1.1m (5%) watched documentary Did We Land on the Moon?.
Overall, ITV1 topped primetime with 19.3% (+1: 1%), ahead of BBC One's 17%. BBC Two claimed third place with 7.8%, beating Channel 4's 6.5% (+1: 0.8%) and Channel 5's 4.7% (+1: 0.3%).
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional