For Channel 5's first ever eviction show, an average of 2.82m (12.6%) watched in the 9pm hour, up 400k on yesterday's highlights show, but down a million viewers on last Friday's outing.
Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side, hosted by Emma Willis, entertained 813k (7.5%) from 11pm, its best audience since its premiere last Thursday.
Gavin Henson-headed reality show The Bachelor, sandwiched between the Celebrity Big Brother coverage, grabbed 1.26m (10.1%) for its second episode - only marginally down on last week's opener.
BBC Two had a good night: Gardeners' World (8.30pm) and India on Four Wheels (9pm) interested 1.92m (8.4%) and 2.09m (9.4%), then The Rob Brydon Show (10pm) appealed to 1.56m (7.9%).
Channel 4's audience dwindled as Come Dine with Me logged 1.24m (5.5%) at 8pm (+1: 279k), 8 Out of 10 Cats amused 1.06m (4.7%) at 9pm (+1: 305k) and Chris Moyles' Quiz Night nabbed just 886k (4.2%) from 10pm (+1: 251k).
Over on ITV1, documentary series Fraud Squad launched with 3.6m (16%) from 9pm (+1: 207k), while My Family and Miranda picked up 3.74m (16.7%) and 3.65m (16.5%) for BBC One.
A Question of Sport quizzed 2.75m (12.1%) for BBC One versus Corrie, while Dickinson's Real Deal on ITV1 fetched 2.54m (11.5%) against EastEnders.
Overall, ITV1 led primetime with 21.3% (+1: 0.6%), ahead of BBC One's 19.8%. BBC Two claimed third place with 6.9%, followed by Channel 5 with 6.5% and Channel 4 with 4.4% (+1: 0.9%).
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional