Lord Alan Sugar's teen Apprentice spinoff started its third series with 3.73 million - a 16.3% share - in a competitive 8pm hour which saw Emmerdale air a high-profile double bill.
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However, Young Apprentice currently stands as BBC iPlayer's second-most popular show of yesterday behind EastEnders, and some will have chosen to record the programme.
After falling under a million viewers last week, Red Dwarf returned to form by commanding 1.05m (4.9%) for Dave at 9pm, but Celebrity Juice again took the multichannel honours with a colossal 1.39m (8%) for ITV2 at 10pm (+1: 194k).
Back on the terrestrials, Hunted (3.08m/14%) won the 9pm slot with a miserable rating, beating ITV1's Homefront which could only manage 2.46m (11.2%) and 150k on timeshift.
Also in the 9pm hour, The Human Mannequin logged 1.96m (8.9%) for Channel 4 (+1: 360k), while mini-series Hatfields & McCoys continued with 1.05m (4.8%) on Channel 5 (+1: 139k).
Overall, BBC One clinched the primetime honours with 19.6%, beating ITV1's 17.5% (+1: 1.1%). BBC Two claimed third place with 8.8%, ahead of Channel 4's 5.8% (+1: 1%), and Channel 5's 3.8% (+1: 0.4%).
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional