Due to a delayed Euro 2012 match, the Yorkshire soap was pushed back an hour to 8.30pm, where it mustered 3.64m (13.8%), adding 119k (0.4%) on ITV1 +1.
Like when it sunk to 3.1m during the World Cup in 2006, Emmerdale faced an England match on BBC One, which commanded an average audience of 11m.
Elsewhere, Hollyoaks attracted 742k (3.8%) at 6.30pm (+1: 119k/0.5%), then E4's first look grabbed 409k (2%).
Neighbours drew 730k (9.9%) at lunchtime and 844k (5.4%) at 5.30pm, while Home and Away nabbed 669k (3.7%) at 6pm and 352k (1.8%) for 5*'s first look.
Meanwhile, Doctors delivered 1.42m (19.5%) to BBC One at 1.45pm for an instalment titled 'The Stranger'.
The EastEnders Omnibus logged 609k (11%) at 12.15am, by far its highest rating since moving to Friday night from Sunday afternoon.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional