The emphatic episode, which culminated with Ronnie handing herself in to the police, was seen by 10.21m (42.8%), representing the show's best rating since Charlie Slater's exit on January 13. BBC Three's 10pm repeat added an impressive 1.15m (5.9%).
For the first time this year, Coronation Street was ousted from its crown as the most-watched Friday soap. An announcement at the factory from Carla and Frank pulled in 8.56m (39%) at 7.30pm (+1: 108k), and an argument between Carla and Maria logged 8.61m (36.5%) an hour later (+1: 133k).
Emmerdale appealed to 6.8m (34.1%) at 7pm (+1: 100k) as Jackson, Hazel and Aaron suffered another setback.
Meanwhile, Rhys's kidnap in Hollyoaks gripped 1.19m (6.5%) at 6.30pm, with E4's first look fetching a further 493k (2.5%).
A 'Truth Or Dare' in Doctors interested 1.36m (17.9%) at 1.45pm, enough to get the better of Neigbours, which had 823k (10.8%). The Tash-centred instalment notched up 1.12m (8%) at teatime.
Home and Away followed Neighbours at 6pm on Channel 5 with 801k (4.8%), after which 5*'s first look grabbed 447k (2.4%).
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional