BAKE OFF TAKES OFF WITH WINNING MIX
6.5million fans see Prue debut
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.
“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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