In what was a good night for the broadcaster, Children in Need 2011 - The Best Bits encouraged 4.68m (22.6%) to give to good causes from 5.45pm, and Merlin entranced 5.65m (21.2%) from 8.15pm. Casualty followed with 3.98m (15.2%).
Harry Hill's TV Burp on ITV1 tickled 5.04m (18.7%) from 7.15pm, with an additional 161k (0.6%) watching on +1. The X Factor nabbed 10.4m (39%) for a movie-themed night, and 281k (1.1%) caught up with the talent show an hour later. The latest trials and tribulations of the stars on I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here took 7.96m (32.7%), with a solid timeshift audience of 372k (2.2%).
On ITV2, The Xtra Factor held the attention of 403k (1.7%) before I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Now improved the channel's fortunes to 720k (4.2%). The largest multichannel audience of the night belonged to BBC Four's The Killing, which intrigued 815k from 9pm.
On BBC Two, Double Agent: The Eddie Chapman Story secured 1.05m (3.9%) before QI XL and a repeat of Pan Am scored 1.66m (6.3%) and 860k (3.6%) respectively.
An Audience with Ken Dodd amused 1.45m (5.5%) on Channel 5. Law and Order: SVU halved the broadcaster's viewing figures to 713k (3.1%) from 9.25pm.
A strong showing from Channel 4 began at 8pm with 740k (2.8%) for World War II: The Last Heroes. A screening of Knowing, a thriller movie staring Nicolas Cage, gripped 2.15m (9.5%). The film performed well on +1, grabbing an extra 523k (3.3%).
Overall, ITV1 pipped BBC One to the biggest primetime audience share with 27.5% to 27.1%. Channel 4 followed with 5.6%, while BBC Two and Channel 5 had 4.6% and 4.1% respectively.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional