Bake Off Smashes Ratings Records for Channel 4

Channel 4’s controversial acquisition has fermented nicely.

The Great British Bake Off has become Channel 4’s most-watched show of the year, with 9.5 million viewers tuning in (after up to 7 days) to its opening show.

The revamped flour-kneading tournament, which was shockingly poached from its BBC1 home last year, is also Channel 4’s 4th-biggest show of the century (already) and the most-watched show of the week. Including repeats, this takes this figure to a chocolate-melting 12 million pairs of eyes – but some call that cheating.

The channel’s record for this century still sits with Big Brother, which drew an audience of over 10 million in its 2002 heyday, with a 2011 episode of Big Fat Gypsy Wedding not far behind.

Bake Off continues every Tuesday night on Channel 4, with new hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig mixing up proceedings – with judges Prue Lieth and veteran Paul Hollywood returning to cast their eye over the contestants’ masterpieces.

Have you been tuning in – or has the format gone a bit sour? Let us know at @CelebMix!


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Written by DanRybacki

CelebMix's TV fan loves little more than watching people press buzzers, get fired or come to blows over a can of soup in the Australian jungle. If it's a big reality format, he's watching - oh, and the horror genre's great too.