Some 6.29 million (26.9%) watched the two-hour ceremony between 8pm and 10.10pm and 226,000 on ITV +1 as the ceremony picked up its best figure since 2005 when 6.6m tuned in.
400,000 higher than last year's controversial show which saw Adele's 'Best Album' speech cut short.
2013 winners included Emeli Sandé, Ben Howard, Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Rey, Frank Ocean, Coldplay and Adele.
Ricky Gervais sitcom Derek sunk to 930k (4.7%) in Channel 4's 10pm slot, although it did clash with 10 minutes of the Brit Awards. The care home show added 146k on timeshift.
One Born Every Minute took 1.76m (7.3%) for Channel 4 at 9pm (+1: 407k), while 1.51m (6.3%) watched NCIS on Channel 5 (+1: 163k).
Hairy Bikers Everyday Gourmet was BBC Two's highest-rated broadcast with 1.88m (8%) in the 8pm hour.
Over on BBC One, Holiday Hit Squad averaged 3.38m (14.4%) at 8pm, before Meet the Izzards dropped to 2.62m (10.9%).
Overall, ITV dominated primetime with 26.9% (+1: 0.8%), comfortably beating BBC One's 15.6%. BBC Two claimed third place with 6.4%, ahead of Channel 4's 5.3% (+1: 1.1%), and 5's 4.1% (+1: 0.3%).
Affection for Lewis continued as 1.23m (5.2%) watched another ITV3 repeat between 8pm and 10pm.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional