British runner Mo Farah’s historic 10,000 metre gold at the European Championships delivered nearly 3m viewers to BBC2 and the HD channel last night.

Coverage of the six-day event in Barcelona was given a 6pm to 9pm slot yesterday evening as British hopefuls competed in qualifying rounds, including the 100 metre sprint and the triple jump.

At 8.10pm the male distance runners lined up for the 10,000 metre final and at 8.35pm the coverage peaked with an audience of 2.69m (12.64%) on BBC2 and 217,600 (1.02%) on BBC HD as Farah clinched Britain’s first ever European gold in the event.

The total three-hour coverage scored BBC2 1.75m (9%) viewers, while BBC HD’s coverage – from 7.30pm to 9pm – pulled in an average of 191,300 (0.92%) viewers, according to overnight Barb figures supplied by Attentional.

9pm slot

Following the excitement of the athletics, BBC1’s repeat of New Tricks won the 9pm slot with an audience of 3.66m (16.6%). Its closest competitor was The Bill which arrested 2.64m (12%) viewers on ITV1 and 146,700 (0.67%) on ITV1 HD in the same slot.

BBC2’s heavy weight comedy hour continued with That Mitchell and Webb Look entertaining 1.6m (7.4%) and 59,500 (0.27%) on BBC HD from 9pm to 9.30pm. Shooting Stars followed with 1.55m (7%) on BBC2 and 40,100 (0.18%) on BBC HD until 10pm.

The three-part Fairy Job Mother ended with an audience 1.81m (8.2%) on Channel 4 across the 9pm hour and 135,500 (0.7%) an hour later on C4+1. The series has recruited an average of 1.92m (8.54%) viewers.

On Five, US drama CSI: Miami entertained 2.13m (9.7%) viewers at 9pm.

In multichannel, BBC3 pulled in a strong audience of 1.09m (5%) for Small Teen, Big World, a documentary about a Welsh teenager with a rare form of dwarfism.