In fact, the 1.61m (6.8%) who watched Aden get the boot over Anton made it the second most popular eviction show this year. The only eviction to attract more viewers was the very first, which saw the public get rid of Tashie Jackson.
Gavin Henson's The Bachelor followed at 10pm with minimal drop-off, landing 1.17m (6.5%). Aden's eviction interview, which saw him ask out Rebeckah Vaughan, upped the stakes to 1.33m (10.4%). Big Brother's Bit On The Side followed with 601k (6.9%).
Prior to Channel 5's Big Brother programming, Ultimate Police Interceptors aired at 8pm to a reasonable 1.07m (4.7%).
On Channel 4 Come Dine With Me rustled up 1.26m (5.5%) and a further 173k (0.7%) on +1. The Comic Strip Presents followed at 9pm with 1.67m (7.1%) and 279.6k (1.5%) on timeshift.
ITV1's Wild Britain with Ray Mears entertained 3.06m (13.4%) between two episodes of Coronation Street, and DCI Banks garnered 4.62m (19.7%) as well as 225k (1.2%) bonus viewers on timeshift.
Celebrity Masterchef took 2.45m (10.6%) on BBC One, and in a comedy double from 9pm,
Have I Got News For You and Would I Lie To You? tickled 4.36m (18.1%) and 3.5m (15.3%) respectively.
There were enough nature lovers to keep BBC Two afloat on Friday evening, as 1.85m (8.1%) elected to watch Gardeners World. Autumnwatch Live grew the audience to 2.09m (8.9%) before it shrank again with Autumnwatch Unsprung (1.5m, 6.6%).
On the multichannels, An Idiot Abroad returned to the top after a brief blip last week, netting 1.08m (4.6%). The Ricky Gervais comedy was comfortably ahead of a Judges' Houses episode of The X Factor USA, which reaped 808k (3.9%).
ITV1 sneaked victory in primetime with 21.8%, followed by BBC One's 18.5%. BBC Two, Channel 4 and Channel 5 followed with 7.2%, 5.4% and 4.9% respectively.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional