The Walford drama pulled in 8.68m (36.7%) at 7.30pm on BBC One as Joey returned to Walford to support Alice, and Kirsty sparked more problems for Max and Tanya. BBC Three's repeat screening secured 478k (2.6%) at 10.30pm.
Emmerdale, meanwhile, attracted 7.36m (32.7%) at 7pm on ITV1 and 165k (0.7%) on +1 as Alex's murder came back to haunt Cameron. 6.65m (27.5%) returned at 8pm and 300k (1.2%) on +1 as Charity walked out on Jai.
Waterloo Road's return appealed to 3.85m (16.1%) at 8pm on BBC One as the troublesome Barry clan arrived at the school.
Hollyoaks interested 1.17m (5.5%) at 6.30pm on Channel 4 as Brendan ordered Joel to kill Seamus, while E4's first look had 525k (2.3%) at 7pm.
Elsewhere, the latest episode of Doctors was seen by 1.6m (18.8%) at 1.45pm on BBC One.
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