The third episode in the 15-part series of Charles Dickens' novel managed to peak with 5.9 million (25.6%) in the first 15-minutes. The opening 60-minute episode last Thursday (27 October), also at 8pm, gained 6.6 million (28.8%). BBC1's The Queen's Cavalry at 8.30pm interested 4.2 million (17.6%).
Last night though, ITV1's long-running cop drama became the preference of the viewers with an audience of 6.3 million (26.7%) over 60-minutes at 8pm, a rise of 200,000 from last week.
BBC1 had thelead over its commercial rival at 9pm though with the penultimate episode of Spooks on 5.7 million (25.1%) for 60-minutes. The final part of All about George, in the same 9pm slot, had 4.2 million (18.8%).
The spoils for the remaining terrestrial channels were largely evenly shared out amongst BBC2, Channel 4 and Five.
Five devoted a large chunk of its peaktime shedule to live coverage of Bolton Wanders Uefa Cup tie against FC Zenit St Petersburg. The entire coverage from 7.45pm averaged 2 milliion (8.4%) with a peak of 2.3 million (10.2%) at 9.30pm.
The second in the series of C4's The F Word increased its audience by 300,000 from last week to attract 2.5 million (10.4%) at 8pm while the documentary Wanted: New Mum and Dad gained 2 million (8.8%).
BBC2's new series Restored to Glory impressed 2.1 million (8.9%) at 8pm while Horizon's science programme The Ghost in your Genes drew 2.2 million (9.7%) at 9pm.
All-hours share for 3 November 2005: BBC1 - 24.5%, ITV1 - 20.1%, BBC2 - 9.2%, C4 - 9%, Five - 7.1%, multichannel - 30.2%.