Great British Bake Off final wins Channel 4 its biggest ratings in 5 years
The Great British Bake Off final raked in the most views Channel 4 has seen in five years.
With all the doubt and scepticism surrounding the programme’s move from BBC One to Channel 4, who would have thought this year’s Bake Off would have proved such a hit? The series came to a close yesterday evening (Tuesday 31 October) and managed to pull in Channel 4’s biggest overnight audience in five years.
The episode scored 7.7 million viewers and a 34.6% share from 9-9.15pm, peaking at 8.9 million and a 37.9% share, making it the broadcaster’s most watched show since The Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2012.
The finale did not reach the heights of last year’s closing GBBO episode, which pulled in a massive 14 million, but Channel 4 is still delighted with the result.
“It’s testament to the phenomenal appeal of The Great British Bake Off that almost nine million people watched Sophie triumph as Channel 4’s first ever Bake Off winner,” said Alex Mahon, Channel 4 CEO.
“A fitting finale to the most watched series for young viewers on any channel this year. Love Productions, along with Paul, Prue, Noel and Sandi, have served up a showstopper of a series and I’m delighted that they’ll all be back in the tent on Channel 4 next year.”
Last night’s finale saw Sophie Faldo crowned the winner of Channel 4’s first Bake Off series, beating runners up Kate Lyon and Steven Carter-Bailey. It was an incredibly close call, but in the end the contestant wowed judges with her astonishing ‘Ode to the Honey Bee’ entremet Showstopper and Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith declared Sophie champion.
Great British Bake Off will return to Channel 4 in 2018.