The BBC One dance contest peaked at a massive 11.52m during the second half of the 7pm show. Merlin followed with 6.01m (23%) at 8.15pm and Casualty rounded off the broadcaster's primetime offering with 4.34m (17.1%).
On ITV1, Harry Hill's TV Burp amused 4.7m (18.2%) from 7.30pm, attracting a further 142k (0.5%) on +1. The X Factor's final five performed in front of 9.99m viewers (38.4%) from 8pm, and 245k (1%) chose to catch up with the episode an hour later. I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! averaged 8.23m (35.4%), while 222k (1.4%) chose to watch on timeshift.
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BBC Two's TV Greats: Our Favourites From The North helped 1.51m (5.8%) reminisce about the televisual treats of years gone by from 8.15pm, and QI XL entertained 1.41m (5.6%) at 9.15pm.
Channel 4's primetime schedule had a soft opening with Tony Robinson's Gods and Monsters, which intrigued 880k (3.4%) at 8.15pm. The broadcaster's fortunes improved later on, as GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra thrilled 1.32m (6.1%). The Hollywood blockbuster held a solid timeshift audience of 250k (1.7%).
An Audience with Ronnie Corbett on Channel 5 limped to 661k (2.5%) before CSI reduced the audience to 591k (2.4%) at 9.15pm.
ITV3's 9pm episode of Foyle's War was the most popular multichannel broadcast of the night, nabbing 831k and a 3.6% audience share. ITV2's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Now! was a close second with 828k (5.3%) at 10.45pm.
On BBC Four, The Killing took 757k (3%) and on ITV2, The Xtra Factor secured 482k (2.1%).
The one-two punch of X Factor and I'm a Celebrity earned ITV1 a primetime win on an audience share of 31.4%. BBC One and Two followed with 26.3% and 5% respectively. Further down the list, Channel 4 had 4% while Channel 5 conjured 2.8%.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional