Published: Wed, September 06, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Joan Schultz

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

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

But C4 creative officer Jay Hunt said: "The audience last night proves it's still one of the country's favourite shows".

It all depends what last night's viewers thought about Channel 4's take on Bake Off - and where better to find out than Twitter?

Great British Bake Off starts on the 29th August and carries on for 10 weeks on Channel 4 at 8 PM.

Also appearing on the show are new cook Prue Leith and the only member of the BBC front-of-camera team to move to C4 - Paul Hollywood.

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The show, now on its eight series, peaked with 7.7 million viewers and a 34.6% share of audience.

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.

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice airs tonight at 10PM on Channel 4.

And the show certainly kicked off with a bang, when contestant Sophie Faldo nearly left new host Noel Fielding speechless as she got to grips with making a rather rude-looking chocolate treat.

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The hit programme returned to television in its new home with different presenters and a new judge but the familiar tropes of oven-watching, cake binning and sprinting round the tent in a race against the clock.

However, there was one new addition to the Channel 4 show, that wasn't quite so popular.

Channel 4 averages around a million viewers for the Tuesday night slot, so management is likely to be pleased with the initial return on their £75 million investment to buy the rights to the show for the next three years.

"We want to help the people of Swindon by offering them a free piece of delicious homemade cake to eat in, or cake-away and enjoy while they watch the show at home".

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