Emmerdale trumped rival soap EastEnders in the ratings battle when the two shows went head to head on Tuesday night.

The hour-long episode of the ITV soap was watched by 7.5 million viewers, while the BBC programme was seen by a peak audience of 5.2 million on May 14, reported The Sun.

The episode, which featured the arrival of newcomer Cornell S John as Dexter Hartman’s dad Sam, marked EastEnders’ lowest ratings so far in 2013, the newspaper said, and comes days after the show won best continuing drama at the TV Baftas on May 12.

Monday’s episode of Coronation Street pulled in nine million viewers, while EastEnders trailed behind with 7.5 million.

EastEnders bosses have reportedly blamed Tuesday’s poor figures on ITV for the clashing schedules.

An insider told The Sun: “A lot of soap fans like watching EastEnders, Corrie and Emmerdale, but if Emmerdale starts at 7pm and is on for an hour it’s unlikely viewers will switch over halfway through for EastEnders.”