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Emmerdale overtakes EastEnders as Thursday ratings battle intensifies

Emmerdale overtook EastEnders in the overnight ratings last night (November 29), as Thursday's battle took another twist.

Mineshaft-bound Katie Macey's ever-weakening fight for survival has bolstered the show's numbers to 7.53 million (36.4%) at 7pm and 7.43m (31.7%) an hour later at 8pm (+1: 185k).

EastEnders, meanwhile, attracted 7.1m (33.6%) to BBC One at 7.30pm for an episode which saw Kat's mystery lover leave her a message at the bedsit. BBC Three's 10.30pm repeat grabbed 460k (3%).

6408: A weak Katie hears voices above and calls out for help, unaware if they can hear


Kat erases the message from her lover.


With the rival shows sharing the Thursday soap ratings crown in recent weeks, the momentum now rests with Emmerdale and ITV.

Elsewhere yesterday, Hollyoaks managed 945k (4.7%) and 394k (1.9%) for E4's first look, while Doctors took 1.27m (19.1%) at 1.45pm.

At the same time as the BBC One medical serial, Neighbours appealed to 679k (10.1%) on Channel 5, while 966k (6%) watched in the more familiar 5.30pm slot.

Home and Away followed on 5 with 784k (3.1%), after which 5*'s first look nabbed 507k (2.5%).

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