Doctor Who's epic series finale pulled in a total of 5.09m (31.2%) for BBC One on Saturday night, according to early data.
'The Big Bang', which concluded the 'cracks in time' story arc, had 4.64m (28.4%) at 6.05pm, and a further 455k (2.8%) on the BBC's HD channel.
After the sci-fi drama, Total Wipeout amused 2.69m (16%), after which The National Lottery: In It To Win It 2012 averaged 3.74m (19.5%) from 8pm. Casualty grabbed 4.11m (19.8%) at 9.10pm. USA v Ghana on ITV1 pulled in 5.21m (27.7%), attracting a high of 8.28m (40.7%) at 9.45pm. ITV1 HD added a further 471k (2.5%) for the World Cup match.
During the same time period, The Great Escape and The Land Girls mustered 990k (5.9%) and 1.04m (5.2%) for Channel 4, and CSI: NY and CSI: Miami took 900k (4.6%) and 980k (4.7%) respectively.
Andy Murray's second round victory at Wimbledon scored 2.65m (17.3%) for BBC Two, with a peak of 3.27m (20.2%) tuning in for the three-hour at 7.45pm as the match reached its conclusion, at which point the channel was ahead of BBC One. Today at Wimbledon followed with an impressive 2.98m (15.3%) at 8pm.
Later on, viewers were evenly spread across the terrestrial channels: Big Brother's eviction night highlights appealed to 1.55m (9.1%) for Channel 4 at 10pm, below the 2.82m (14.3%) that chose a repeat of Live at the Apollo on BBC One from 9.45pm. James Corden's World Cup Live had 2.34m (13.4%) for ITV1 and Five's CSI put in 1.08m (6%) at 10pm.
Overall, ITV1 won primetime with a share of 26.1% to BBC One's 17.2%. BBC Two finished third with an impressive 10.9%, Channel 4 followed with 6.2% (+1: 0.7%) and Five was last with 5.2%.
Elsewhere, An Audience With Freddie Starr topped the multichannel ratings with 578k (3.3%) for ITV3 at 10pm, followed by BBC Three's screening of Glastonbury which entertained 484k (2.4%) an hour earlier.