Aaron Allard-Morgan's victory attracted approximately half the viewers who watched Josie Gibson win Channel 4's last edition of the regular show last year.
Later on Channel 5, Big Brother's Bit On The Side held on to 663k (7.6%) as the contestants were grilled by Emma Willis. Between the Big Brother shows, Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$ Girl dazzled 750k (5%), while at 8pm Ice Road Truckers interested 1.29m (5.4%).
Channel 4's Come Dine With Me guzzled 1.12m (4.7%), and Derren Brown tricked his way to 1.53m (6.4%) at 9pm. 8 Out of 10 Cats followed at 10pm with 1.2m (5.8%). All three shows performed strongly on timeshift, garnering audiences of 309k (1.3%), 440k (2.3%) and 318k (2.4%) respectively.
ITV1's Wild Britain With Ray Mears took 2.86m (12.3%) at 8pm, adding a further 106k (0.4%) on +1. Another instalment of The Jury held 4.5m (18.9%) in suspense from 9pm, and 199k (1%) caught up an hour later.
Some 3.35m (13.9%) chose to reminisce on BBC One as the broadcaster screened Sir Jimmy Savile: As It Happened at 8.30pm. Have I Got News For You and Live at the Apollo followed with audiences of 4.79m (19.7%) and 3.21m (13.6%). At 10.35pm, The Graham Norton Show brought in a strong late-night rating of 3.98m (26.4%).
BBC Two's Autumnwatch Live rumbled on with 1.72m (7.1%), and viewership barely dropped for Autumnwatch Unsprung, which took 1.62m (6.9%) at 9.30pm. QI carried on a good night for the terrestrial channel with 2.49m (12%).
The X Factor USA results, featuring performances from Willow Smith and Jessie J, nabbed 680k (2.8%) on ITV2. Top of the multichannel listings was Sky 1's An Idiot Abroad, which took 991k (4.1%).
Overall, ITV1 won primetime with a 21.6% audience share and BBC One took 19.8% for second place. BBC Two, Channel 5 and Channel 4 followed with 7.1%, 5.9% and 4.6% respectively.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional