Emmerdale producers have insisted that they are "confident" about how the soap will perform when it goes head-to-head with EastEnders on Tuesday nights.
ITV have changed the Winter schedule which means Emmerdale's Tuesday night episode will be a one-hour special and no episode on Sundays..
The move means that the second half of Emmerdale's Tuesday episode will clash with EastEnders when the BBC One soap begins at 7.30pm.
Emmerdale and EastEnders have gone head-to-head 30 times since 2004 Emmerdale has picked up more viewers in 26 of the battles. Producers are convinced that the soap can maintain its success this year.
"The scheduling has been decided by ITV and has nothing to do with the people at Emmerdale," a spokesman for the soap told the Daily Star Sunday. "But we are confident we can keep up our good record against EastEnders.
"Each hour-long episode on Tuesday will be specially written and won't be two half-hour ones put together."