Great British Bake Off scores Channel 4's biggest ratings in 5 years

Kelly Massey
September 1, 2017

After months of controversy Channel 4 have finally aired the first episode of their take on The Great British Bake Off with new hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.

The figures still pale in comparison to the show's heyday under the BBC brand, which hit peak audiences of 14.8 million in the final season.

The episode's ratings of 6.5 million is almost double the number recorded for Diana: In Her Own Words, which had been Channel 4's largest overnight audience so far this year.

One reason for the drop is the commercial broadcaster's reach, far fewer television sets having access to Channel 4 compared to BBC One. Jo will shine a spotlight on the best and the worst moments from the first episode, with exclusive footage from inside the tent, analysis from special guests and an interview with the baker who left this week.

And while the overall reaction to Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off debut was positive, it turns out that the official viewing numbers were down. Its press office said Bake Off is the channel's most watched show in five years, since London's Paralympics Opening Ceremony in 2012.

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The picture above shows the new crew in full. But thanks largely to the contestants, she added, the show is "impossible to hate". The series finale for BBC attracted 13.6 million viewers, including 3.4 million 16 to 34 year olds and one million "black and minority ethnic audiences", driving a 10-year high for share of viewing.

Some have even suggested that Berry will be silently judging them for watching the new series.

The Great British Bake Off launched on BBC1 in 2010 and became the most popular TV show in the United Kingdom in 2014 and 2015.

For the first week of An Extra Slice, Jo will be joined by the new judge Prue Leith to discuss how she found her first episode and what she thinks of the bakers.

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