The Corrie Years, a three-part series recapping the most momentous storylines in Coronation Street's 50-year history, entertained 4.48m (22.9%) on ITV1 from 7.30pm and 180k (0.8%) on +1.
On BBC One, a repeat of Sherlock episode 'A Study In Pink' was watched by 3.36m (15.4%) from 8.30pm, but was just outperformed by Lewis's 3.62m (16.9%) on ITV1 from 8pm and 216k (1.1%) on timeshift.
Elsewhere on BBC One, The Great British Weather Project continued with 3.76m (18.8%) between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, and Not Going Out amused 1.75m (13.4%) from 10.45pm.
Rick Stein's Spain served up 1.3m (6.7%) on BBC Two in the 7pm hour, before a repeat of Top Gear revved up 1.56m (7.5%) from 8pm. Botham: The Legend of '81 captivated 1.34m (6.1%) in the 9pm hour and Never Mind The Buzzcocks appealed to 1.02m (5.4%) from 10pm.
Over at Channel 4, Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance attracted 1.92m (9.2%) in the 8pm hour and 205k (0.9%) on +1. 24 Hours in A&A interested 2.66m (12.1%) from 9pm and 297k (1.7%) on timeshift. 8 Out Of 10 Cats grabbed 860k (4.9%) from 10pm and 214k (2.1%) an hour later.
Garden ER premiered with 532k (2.7%) on Channel 5 from 7.30pm, before The Removal Men: Pickfords was seen by 1.14m (5.5%) in the 8pm hour. NCIS had 1.07m (4.9%) from 9pm, and then a screening of The Man Who Sued God mustered 642k (5%) from 10pm.
Overall, ITV1 narrowly won primetime with 18.1% (+1: 0.8%) against BBC One's 17.7%. Channel 4 came in third with 7.6% (+1: 1%), followed by BBC Two with 6.5% and Channel 5 with 4.1%.
Elsewhere, Tour De France 2011 highlights rode away with 672k (3.5%) on ITV4 in the 7pm hour. New comedy Franklin and Bash entertained 232k (1.4%) on E4 from 10pm and 109k (1.1%) on +1.
The Glee Project, a US talent show seeking the next star of Glee, slumped to 244k (1.2%) on Sky1 in the 8pm hour.
A screening of Adulthood fetched 822k (5.5%) on BBC Three from 10pm, the biggest multichannel audience of the night.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional