The British Film Academy Awards peaked with 6.2m viewers, outperforming last year’s ceremony, on a night that saw multiple wins for Argo, Les Miserables and Skyfall.

Bafta (BBC1) 9pm-10pm
5.38m (24%)

The glamorous awards ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry, which saw Channel 4’s film and drama controller Tessa Ross being honoured with Outstanding British Contribution to cinema award, grew its peak audience year on year from the 5.87m (24.7%) high achieved in 2012.

It peaked with 6.22m in the five minutes from 10pm and continued to hold on to the majority of the terrestrial audience for the remainder of the programme.

The two-hour event, produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment, also extended last year’s average audience of 5.31m (22.44%) – making it the award’s biggest audience since at least 2004.

However, during the first hour it was beaten by ITV period drama, Mr Selfridge.

Ahead of the ceremony, drama Call the Midwife reached the halfway point of the series with its second lowest audience of the run. The Neal Street Productions scripted period drama averaged 8.7m (30.22%) across the 8pm hour, according to overnight Barb figures supplied by Attentional.

Mr Selfridge (ITV) 9pm-10pm
6.02m (23.29%)

Despite beating the Baftas and winning the 9pm slot, the drama starring Jeremy Piven, continued with its lowest audience of the run.

Earlier Dancing on Ice continued with the main performance show attracting 6.78m (26.92%) viewers between 6.15pm and 7.45pm. Later the results show entertained just 5.3m (18.01%) across the 8.30pm half-hour slot - both shows recorded audience lows for the current the run.

Wonders of Life (BBC2) 9pm-10pm
2.24m (8.7%) / 323k (1.25%) HD

The Brian Cox-fronted series continued with its lowest audience of the run.

FILM: Die Hard 4.0 (C4) 9pm-11.35pm
2.2m (10.79%)

The action thriller starring Bruce Willis struggled against the competition and was well down on the channel’s 12 month slot average of 4.56m (22.63%).

Person of Interest (C5) 9pm-10pm
1m (3.99%)

The crime drama built on last week’s audience of 910k (3.57%).