The Walford soap pulled in 7.19m (38.2%) at 7.30pm on BBC One as Dennis's kidnap led to a car chase. BBC Three's repeat screening secured 733k (4.7%) at 10.30pm.
Also on BBC One, Holby City entertained 4.79m (23.1%) at 8pm with an episode titled 'You and Me'.
Emmerdale, meanwhile, attracted 5.85m (33.5%) at 7pm as Paddy and Marlon's feud rumbled on, adding 239k (1.2%) on +1.
Hollyoaks appealed to 844k (5.1%) at 6.30pm on Channel 4 and 106k (0.6%) on timeshift as Walker's motivations were finally revealed in a special single-strand episode. E4's first look had 430k (2.5%) at 7pm.
Over on Channel 5, Neighbours managed 627k (8.9%) at 1.45pm and 781k (6.4%) at 5.30pm, while the latest classic Home and Away episodes on 5* interested 147k (1.0%) and 146k (0.9%) at 6pm and 6.30pm respectively.
Elsewhere, the latest episode of Doctors - titled 'Judging Books' - was seen by 1.23m (17.7%) at 1.45pm on BBC One.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional