Ratings rise well for Great British Bake Off debut on Channel 4

Ratings rise well for Great British Bake Off debut on Channel 4

Ratings rise well for Great British Bake Off debut on Channel 4

From left to right, we have Chris, Yan, Sophie, Julia, Liam, presenter Sandi Toksvig, judge Paul Hollywood, Tom, judge Prue Leith, Peter, presenter Noel Fielding, Stacey, James, Kate, Steven, and Flo.

The baking show's viewing figures increased to 6.5 million when including those watching on plus 1.

Despite the drop in viewership, Channel 4 will no doubt be celebrating the result.

FANS of oven fresh innuendo will soon be able to get their fix again as The Great British Bake Off makes its Channel 4 debut tonight.

The show, now on its eight series, peaked with 7.7 million viewers and a 34.6% share of audience. The company also has an exclusive first negotiation position with Love Productions for the global distribution of future seasons of The Great British Bake Off.

The figures don't include those who watch the show on the network's catch-up service All 4.

When it was announced that The Great British Bake Off was heading for Channel 4 and leaving Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins and dear old Mary Berry behind, we were outraged to say the least.

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However, in context, the new season launch both financially and on a programming level vindicates Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt's decision to poach the Love Productions show from the BBC.

After signing up for a new deal with Channel 4, the Great British Bake Off lost several of its big names, including Mary Berry.

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"It's the largest share of young audiences we've had for a show for over a decade".

Despite not being averse to its own bit of competitive scheduling, the BBC labelled the decision a "cynical move" and moved The Big Family Cooking Showdown to Thursdays "in the best interest of viewers".

Each of the 30 new challenges have been carefully designed by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith to reveal just who is a star baker.

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