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'Emmerdale' assisted suicide plot boosts ratings

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The story reaches its climax for Jackson, but its only the beginning for Aaron and Hazel

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Emmerdale pulled in nearly 6.7m viewers last night, over a million more than last week, according to overnight data.

Following Jackson's assisted suicide earlier this week, the village serial has piled on viewers, topping 7m viewers on Wednesday and Thursday, before grabbing 6.56m (35%) at 7pm (+1: 118k) for last night's episode, which
saw a mourning Aaron and Hazel struggle to cope.

Coronation Street topped the soap ratings with 8.49m (41.4%) at 7.30pm (+1: 127k) as Graeme finally revealed to Tina his love for Xin. Some 8.58m (38%) then returned at 8.30pm (+1: 217k) for Tina's reaction.

EastEnders pulled in 7.63m (34.7%) for Tanya's fury at Max on BBC One at 8pm. BBC Three's 10pm repeat added 581k (2.9%).

Elsewhere, Hollyoaks managed 815k (4.8%) for Channel 4 at 6.30pm, bouncing back slightly from its low last week. E4's first look grabbed 352k (1.9%) at 7pm.

Earlier in the day, BBC One's Doctors averaged 1.46m (20.8%) for an instalment titled 'Smoke and Flames' at 1.45pm, while Neighbours had 668k (9.6%), adding 1.22m (9.3%) for its 5.30pm repeat.

Home and Away scored 849k (5.4%) at 6pm, following which 449k (2.6%) tuned in for 5*'s first look.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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