The much hyped 50-minute programme, a lavish co-production between HBO and the BBC which cost in the region of£6 million, held a rock solid audience of 6.6 million throughout, towering over the opposition.
The drama was considerably above BBC2's current peaktime audience share of 8.8% for the year so far.
None of the remaining channels managed to put up any significant opposition at all. BBC1's Crimewatch UK came closest, but still off the pace by over 2 million viewers, with 4.5 million (18.6%) over 60-minutes. ITV1's first 90-minutes of its Star Wars film Attack of the Clones struggled on 3.5 million (15.1%), only managing to peak with 4 million (16.5%) at the start.
Channel 4's edition of Grand Designs attracted more viewers than ITV1 with 3.6 million (15%), pushing the commercial network into an embarrassing fourth place. Five's repeat of its two hour Greatest Embarrassing TV Moments interested 1.4 million (7%).
ITV1 though fared better earlier in peaktime with Coronation Street at 7.30pm securing 10.7 million (49%) and The Bill at 8pm on 6.5 million (27.5%).
The final part of BBC1's What Kids Really Think, up against ITV1's soap at 7.30pm, drew 2.4 million (10.8%) while What Not to Wear picked up 5.2 million (21.7%).
BBC2 also had a hit on its hands at 8pm, admittedly of more modest proportions, with its documentary Natural World gaining 2.4 million (10.2%). C4 though managed a slender lead with The View from River Cottage at 8pm on 2.5 million (10.7%) and Jamie's Great Escape, 30-minutes later on 2.6 million (10.8%). Five's Commando VIP interested only 500,000 (2.2%).
In daytime, the third outing of Countdown at 3.30pm, with new host Des Lynam, lost 500,000 viewers from Monday's episode to average 1.3 million (16.4%). BBC2's Flog It!, also at 3.30pm had 1.9 million (22.3%).
All-hours share for Wednesday 2 November 2005: ITV1 - 22.5%, BBC1 - 21.2%, BBC2 - 11.8%, C4 - 11%, Five - 5.5%, multichannel - 28.1%.