The Albert Square soap pulled in 7.84m (34.1%) at 8pm as a tearful Sharon turned up on Phil's doorstep unexpectedly. 6.72m (28.1%) returned at 9pm to see a kidnap drama involving Sharon's son Dennis.
BBC Three's repeat screenings of EastEnders claimed 679k (4.3%) and 1.07m (9.0%) at 10.30pm and 11pm respectively.
Coronation Street was the evening's most-watched soap on first-run showings. Tracy's hopes of a reunion with Steve were seen by 7.87m (37.6%) at 7.30pm and 188k (0.8%) on +1, while Steve's attempts to be honest with the mother of his daughter entertained 8.26m (35.5%) at 8.30pm and 233k (1.0%) on timeshift.
Emmerdale appealed to 6.36m (32.3%) at 7pm and 156k (0.7%) on +1 as Moira and Alex continued their secret relationship, while Hollyoaks managed 791k (4.3%) at 6.30pm on Channel 4 and 484k (2.5%) for E4's first look at 7pm.
Over on Channel 5, Neighbours mustered 702k (8.8%) at 1.45pm and 850k (6.0%) at 5.30pm, while 5*'s classic episodes of Home and Away had 122k (0.7%) and 140k (0.8%) at 6pm and 6.30pm respectively.
Elsewhere, Doctors returned to screens following its Olympic break with 1.45m (18.4%) at 1.45pm on BBC One.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional