The Walford soap, shifted from BBC One for a fortnight due to Olympics coverage, pulled in 5.52m (24.3%) at 7.30pm as Lauren spotted Ian at a hostel for the homeless. Later, BBC Three's repeat screening secured 635k (5.3%) at 11pm.
Also on BBC Two, Holby City entertained 3.74m (15.4%) at 8pm with an episode titled 'Breathless'.
Emmerdale was the most-watched soap of the day on first-run showings, attracting 5.58m (26.9%) at 7pm as Alex tried to kiss Moira.
Hollyoaks, meanwhile, managed 743k (3.8%) at 6.30pm on Channel 4 with the latest developments for Mercedes. E4's first look had 405k (2.0%) at 7pm.
Over on Channel 5, Neighbours mustered 572k (6.1%) at 1.45pm and 826k (5.1%) at 5.30pm.
Elsewhere, as 'Home and Away: From Day One' continued on 5*, 'The One About Bobby's Mum' was seen by 216k (1.2%) at 6pm and 'The One With Dannii Minogue' took 248k (1.3%) at 6.30pm.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional