Below is a list of the major changes to Emmerdale's broadcast patterns and technical standards since 1972. Minor or short-term changes to the schedules are not listed.

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Number of episodes
per week
1972–1988 2
1988–1990 2
1990–1997 2
1997–2000 3
2000–2004 5
2004–2008 6
2008–2009 5
(including an hour long episode on Tuesdays with two episode numbers)
2009–Present 6

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