The Great British Bake Off

Nick Sanchez
September 1, 2017

At its peak, the now Mary Berry-less show attracted 6.8 million viewers. Channel 4 had been hoping to get between six and seven million tuning in after paying £75m to snatch it from the Beeb.

Originally produced by United Kingdom indie Love Productions, the BBC lost rights to the original version of the series to Channel 4 last September when C4 won a bidding war and inked a three-year deal for the factual program, worth £75 million (US$97 million).

The cast has changed, but the new Great British Bake Off doesn't mess with the formula.

However, the figure which includes the Channel 4 "plus one" audience, still represents a drop of nearly four million compared to the opening episode from the previous series on BBC1.

Judge Paul Hollywood is the only one of the original stars of Bake Off to have made the move to Channel 4, with fellow judge Mary Berry and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins all leaving.

The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.

'I am delighted millions watched the new team put 12 magnificent bakers through their paces.

'I sometimes feel more comfortable playing a merman with a vagina, but the show's not about us'.

"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".

Viewers took to Twitter throughout the episode on Tuesday night, sharing their thoughts on the series.

According to their press office, Bake Off is the most-watched Channel 4 show in five years, since London's Paralympics Opening Ceremony in 2012.

However, it's a marked improvement from the 3 million plus that Hunt - who was responsible for poaching the show from the BBC - said she would be "delighted" with while speaking at the Edinburgh International TV Festival.

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