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'Emmerdale' Ashley, Sandy abuse plot climax takes 7.3m

Emmerdale was above the 7m mark for both of its episodes on Thursday evening (April 19) as the Ashley and Sandy abuse storyline reached a dramatic climax, overnight figures show.

Emmerdale pulled in 7.13m (34.3%) at 7pm and 131k (0.6%) on +1 as Laurel caught Ashley hitting Sandy, while 7.33m (31.9%) watched at 8pm and 192k (0.8%) on timeshift as a horrified Laurel demanded an explanation from her husband.

A shocked Laurel stands in the doorway after walking in and witnessing Ashley attacking Sandy


Ashley tells Laurel that his behaviour towards Sandy was due to his fear of her leaving him. She is gobsmacked and walks out as Ashley begs her to stay


Airing after Emmerdale, Coronation Street attracted 8.09m (33.4%) at 8.30pm and 217k (0.9%) on +1 as Terry made a dubious attempt to make peace with Tommy.

EastEnders, meanwhile, appealed to 8.06m (37.1%) at 7.30pm on BBC One as the Roxy and Alfie storyline came to a head. BBC Three's repeat screening secured 796k (4.0%) at 10pm.

Hollyoaks grabbed 888k (4.7%) at 6.30pm on Channel 4 with the latest troubles for Phoebe, while 544k (2.6%) tuned in for E4's first look at 7pm.

Over on Channel 5, Neighbours interested 762k (10.1%) at 1.45pm and 1.03m (6.7%) at 5.30pm, while Home and Away managed 750k (4.3%) at 6pm and 489k (2.6%) for 5*'s first look at 6.30pm.

Elsewhere, the latest episode of Doctors - titled 'Friend and Neighbour' - was seen by 1.63m (21.9%) at 1.45pm on BBC One.

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