EastEnders has become the most-watched television programme of the year so far with more than 10 million tuning in last night to discover who murdered Lucy Beale - and the BBC show also became the most-tweeted about in soap history eliciting more than a million Twitter posts.
The first of two episodes broadcast last night was watched by 10.84 million with a peak of 11.9 million. While the second episode drew in an audience of 10.3 million and peaked at 11.2 million, according to ratings specialists overnights.tv.
It commanded more than 44 percent of the TV audience and viewing figures were up on average by several million. Last Thursday’s programme was watched by 7.1 million people.
The BBC soap also became the most-tweeted about episode ever recorded with rapped viewers sending more than a million messages about it on social network Twitter.
EastEnders Live Week
EastEnders Live Week
Kathy Beale (played by Gillian Taylforth) surprises Phil Mitchell (played by Steve McFadden) by returning to Walford, despite having been apparently killed in a car crash
Phil Mitchell (played by Steve McFadden) in confrontation with his newly returned ex-wife Kathy Beale (played by Gillian Taylforth)
Bobby Beale, 12, (played by Eliot Carrington) stands holding a music box as he is revealed to be his half-sister's killer
Kim Fox (played by Tameka Empson) goes into labour, assisted by Sonia Fowler (played by Natalie Cassidy), Tina Carter (played by Luisa Bradshaw White) and Denise Fox (played by Diane Parish)
Tanya Branning (played by Jo Joyner) has a heart-to-heart with Max Branning (played by Jake Wood)
Jane Beale (played by Laurie Brett) is shocked at what she sees
Dot Branning (played by June Brown) is driven away after confessing to the murder of her son Nick
Jane Beale (played by Laurie Bret)t tries to calm down Cindy Williams (played by Mimi Keene)
Ian Beale (played by Adam Woodyatt) holds on to the picture of his family on his doomed wedding day
Ian Beale (played by Adam Woodyatt) is stunned by Peter Beale's (played by Ben Hardy) accusations. Scene also includes Cindy Williams (played by Mimi Keene) and Jane Beale (played by Laurie Brett)
The second episode eclipsed the 508,678 messages sent during the first special by more than 10,000, with 519,359 tweets posted as the killer came closer to being unmasked, data from social analytics firm Kantar Social TV UK showed.
More than 30,000 tweets were published on the microblogging site in the minute after after Lucy’s killer was revealed to be her 12-year-old half brother Bobby.
The revelation brought to an end almost a year of speculation about how Ian Beale's daughter, 20, came to die.
Confusingly, Bobby was not listed as one of the chief suspects publicised by the show in the build-up to the finale.
One unsuspecting Twitter user with the same name as the young killer was left bewildered after receiving a number of accusing messages from fans of the soap.
American Bobbie Beale said she thought the tweets referred to a real-life killer.
She told BuzzFeed News: "I was definitely confused. I saw the BBC tweet it, and then I realised. I looked up the show and I thought, Oh, this makes sense now, but at first I was really confused because I thought it was a real-life thing and I thought Bobby Beale killed someone and I was like, 'It's not me’."
She had initially sent a tweet asking why three people from Scotland were messaging her about "killing someone named Lucy". She then posted a selfie alongside the hashtag £IdidntKillLucy.