The ratings for the Great British Bake Off 2017 gave Channel 4 its biggest audience in decades.
The final viewing figures for last week’s final are now in, and they’re quite something.
The consolidated numbers, which include both those who watched on the night and those who catch up in the seven days after, show 11 million viewers tuned in.
It’s Channel 4’s biggest audience since 1985, The Guardian reports, with an extra 3 million viewers tuning in on catch up.
Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith judged 12 Bakers with 30 Challenges over 10 weeks for the eighth series of The Great British Bake Off.
Ending on a fabulous Final of small breads, iced biscuits and a Showstopper Entremet, Sophie was crowned winner of The Great British Bake Off 2017.
While the numbers are HUGE – especially for Channel 4 – they are down millions on BBC One’s final series. A total audience of more than 16 million tuned in to last year’s final, proving just how big the show is.
Nevertheless, Channel 4 will still be cashing in on the ratings after signing a three-year £75 million deal.
C4’s chief creative officer Jay Hunt previously said the show would break even with just 3 million viewers.
She praised the opening numbers earlier this year: “The Great British Bake Off’s audience last night proves it’s still one of the country’s favourite shows.
“I am delighted millions watched the new team put 12 magnificent bakers through their paces. It’s the largest share of young audiences we’ve had for a show for over a decade.”
Following the main series, two Christmas specials will follow later this year.