BAKE OFF TAKES OFF WITH WIN­NING MIX

6.5mil­lion fans see Prue de­but

Daily Star - - News - By PETER DYKE peter.dyke@dai­lystar.co.uk

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THE new-look Great Bri­tish Bake Off was a rat­ings hit for Chan­nel 4.

Up to 6.5mil­lion fans watched Noel Field­ing and Sandi Toksvig de­but as hosts, with Prue Leith join­ing judge Paul Hol­ly­wood.

Tuesday’s opener got more view­ers than any of the BBC Two launch episodes be­tween 2010 and 13. Rat­ings hit 13m when it moved to BBC One.

Chan­nel 4 had been hop­ing to get be­tween six and seven mil­lion tun­ing in af­ter pay­ing £75m to snatch it from the Beeb.

Some crit­ics had claimed GBBO was doomed with­out three of its orig­i­nal stars – Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins and vet­eran Mary Berry.

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

Pos­i­tive

“It’s the largest share of young au­di­ences we’ve had for a show for over a decade.”

Paul Hol­ly­wood added: “All the re­ac­tion has been very, very pos­i­tive, which is great news.”

Twit­ter was flooded with com­ments prais­ing the show.

This Morn­ing’s Phillip Schofield tweeted: “Well I’m lov­ing GBBO…phew! And re­lax.”

But The Grand Tour’s Jeremy Clark­son said: “Wel­come back GBBO. Where’s the old lady?”

An­other fan tweeted: “Just imag­ine the group chat be­tween Mary, Mel and Sue right now.”

The ad breaks an­noyed a lot of peo­ple. Com­ments in­cluded: “It’s too bloody rushed to fit in all the ads”, and “I’m record­ing it next week so I can skip the bloody ad­verts.”

Last week, when asked what peo­ple should do dur­ing the breaks, Paul Hol­ly­wood had joked: “You can bake!”

The rat­ings were nearly dou­ble the 3.5m for Diana: In Her Own Words, which was C4’s largest overnight au­di­ence this year.

They were the best since 7.6m watched the open­ing of the Lon­don Par­a­lympic Games on the chan­nel in Au­gust 2012.

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