The BBC1 soap comfortably won its slot against ITV1's selection of regional programming, which averaged 4.9 million and 21%. But it was down on last week's audience for EastEnders, when the soap had an audience of 9.4 million and a 43% share. It was EastEnders' worst Thursday viewing share since November.
Departing from its usual format, the long-running British soap opera EastEnders featured a half-hour "soliloquy" performed by 80-year-old actress June Brown in which her character, Dot Branning records a tape for her ill husband, Jim. The episode, which aired Thursday on ITV, was watched by 37 percent of the British TV audience.