E4's dramatic aftermath at 7pm nabbed an impressive 710k (3.7%), its highest ratings since Darren and Nancy's wedding in February.
The unexpected death on the teen soap, which played out on E4 yesterday, was seen by 743k (4.2%) on Channel 4 at 6.30pm (+1: 120k/0.6%).
EastEnders and Coronation Street drew neck and neck in the battle to top the soap ratings.
BBC One's Albert Square soap logged 6.7m (31.5%) back in its normal slot of 8pm as Jean made a U-turn over Michael, with the episode taking 686k (3.5%) on BBC Three two hours later.
The EastEnders Omnibus attracted 322k (6.1%) to BBC One from midnight.
A more light-hearted double bill of Coronation Street, which saw a rat run riot in the Rovers, appealed to 6.83m (33.8%) at 7.30pm (+1: 176k/0.8%) and 6.76m at 8.30pm (+1: 236k/1.1%).
Meanwhile, 5.53m (29.2%) watched Jai cheat on Charity with cleaner Rachel in Emmerdale at 7pm (+1: 179k/0.8%).
Elsewhere, Neighbours averaged 600k (8.3%) at 1.45pm and 897k (6.3%) at 5.30pm for Channel 5, while Home and Away grabbed 690k (4.2%) at 6.30pm and then mustered 437k (2.5%) for its first look edition on 5*.
BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional