The Walking Dead, the Andrew Lincoln-starring zombie drama which aired on digital channel FX last year, averaged 1.46m (8.2%) for Channel 5 between 10pm and 11.30pm.
Earlier, series five of detective drama Lewis continued with 5.59m (22.6%) on ITV1 between 8pm and 10pm. A further 128k (0.6%) watched the show on ITV1+1.
In contrast, Antiques Roadshow unearthed 5.41m (22.6%) on BBC One in the 8pm hour and Waking The Dead held 5.24m (20.6%) in the 9pm hour.
Countryfile brought in 5.38m (26.2%) on BBC One in the 7pm hour, beating The Cube's 3.44m (16.9%) on ITV1 and 226k (0.9%) on timeshift. Match Of The Day 2 grabbed 2.01m (12.5%) on BBC One from 10.30pm.
The Truth About Lions captivated 1.09m (7.1%) on BBC Two in the 6pm hour, before live coverage of US Masters Golf was seen by 2.58m (13%) between 7pm and 12.15am. A further 284k (1.4%) watched the golf on the BBC HD channel.
Channel 4's Come Dine With Me served up 1.45m (7.1%) in the 8pm hour and 369k (1.5%) on +1. Civilisation: Is The West History? educated 540k (2.3%) from 9pm, before Country House Rescue took 1.33m (5.2%) and 224k (1.2%) on timeshift. A screening of Wedding Crashers had 740k (5.2%) from 10pm.
Showings of Mr Deeds and Hellboy roused 1.01m (5.9%) and 1.52m (2.6%) on Channel 5 between 6pm and 10pm.
Overall, BBC One owned primetime with 21.5% against ITV1's 17.9% (+1: 0.6%). BBC Two came in third with 11.6%, followed by Channel 5 with 6.5% and Channel 4 with 4.6% (+1: 0.9%).
Elsewhere, The Only Way Is Essex dazzled 888k (4.4%) on ITV2 from 10pm. Sky's live coverage of the US Masters averaged 521k (2.8%) for Sky Sports 1 from 6.30pm.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional