'The Fixer' takes out rivals for ITV1
The show, in which Andrew Buchan plays a vigilante hitman, drew 26.5% of the audience at 9pm. That was well above The Palace, its predecessor in the slot, which averaged 3.3m (14%) and helped get ITV1's new year relaunch off to a bad start.
BBC One's Traffic Cops repeat at 9pm earned 4.2m (18.2%) viewers while BBC Two performed well with drama White Girl. The latest show in the channel's season on white working-class Britain reached 2.3m (10.4%) viewers over 90 minutes.
Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe attracted 1.7m (7%) to Channel 4, then another 200,000 an hour later on Channel 4+1, while 1m (4.3%) watched Breaking Into Tesco on Five.
BBC Two put in a good performance for the evening thanks to the beginning of Delia Smith's first television series in six years. Delia won 3.7m (14.7%) viewers from 8.30pm to eclipse the channel's 2.6m (11.1%) slot average from 2007.
On BBC One, a Panorama titled Shaken Babies? took 2.9m (11.6%) viewers at 8pm while on Channel 4, Dispatches instalment The Fake Trade drew 1.2m (4.6%). Fifth Gear on Five attracted 1m (3.8%).