The veteran drama pulled in 5.15m (21.8%) in the 9pm hour, down 500k week-on-week. However, series seven ranks as Hustle's most-watched run.
There was little competition elsewhere, as Embarrassing Bodies mustered 3.18m (13.5%) for Channel 4 and 492k (2.6%) on timeshift; ITV1's Comedy Rocks entertained 2.58m (11%) and 142k (0.8%) on +1; Can't Take It With You logged 1.59m (6.8%) for BBC Two, and The Mentalist notched up 1.28m (5.4%) for Channel 5.
During the 8pm hour, Mastermind and Britain From Above held 2.35m (9.7%) and 1.54m (6.2%) for BBC Two, Ice Road Truckers fetched 1.29m (5.3%) for Channel 5, and Children's Hospital grabbed 3.28m (13.5%) for ITV1 and 85k (0.4%) on +1. Relocation: Phil Down Under delivered 1.47m (6%) to Channel 4 and 271k (1.1%) on +1, and 3.39m (13.6%) watched QI on BBC One at 8.30pm.
The Graham Norton Show chased 2.93m (18.4%) for BBC One, while The Million Pound Drop Live attracted 2.19m (12.7%) and 175k (1.7%) on +1, BBC Two's Fast and Loose amused 889k (4.4%) and 1.03m (5.4%) tuned in for Law & Order on Channel 5 at 10pm.
Overall, ITV1 led primetime with 21.6% (+1: 0.4%), ahead of BBC One's 20.7%. Channel 4 averaged 8.4% (+1: 1.1%) in third place, followed by BBC Two with 6.2% in fourth, and Channel 5 with 4.3% in fifth.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional