RATINGS! Great British Bake Off 2019 final down nearly 1million on last year

Channel 4 show hits series high in latest viewing figures despite year-on-year drop

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The Great British Bake Off 2019 final managed a series high in the ratings - although it lost almost 1million viewers year-on-year.

Last night's episode saw Alice Fevronia, David Atherton and Steph Blackwell compete in their last three challenges.

A surprise result saw Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood crown David the baking contest's tenth champion.

The final pulled in big numbers for Channel 4, averaging 6.9million viewers - a 33.2% share of the audience.

It was the highest-rating episode of the series, beating rivals such as BBC One's Holby City in the 8pm timeslot.

However, it was down a whopping 900,000 viewers on last year's conclusion, which clocked in at 7.8million (36%).

Peak viewing figures saw an even more dramatic drop. Yesterday's show hit a height of 7.7million viewers, 1.4million down on last year's 9.1million peak.

The numbers, which include Channel 4+1, will likely rise considerably when consolidated ratings are released in two weeks.

These account for catch-up viewing via recordings, as well as viewers who watch on demand on All4.

Therefore, the latest final was the least-watched since 2012, back when Bake Off was on BBC Two.

Nonetheless, C4 bosses will likely still be celebrating, as the much-loved format remains its most successful show by some margin.

The broadcaster is boasting about the show's reach among 16-34s. Once again, Bake Off has been the biggest performer of the year in the key demographic - even ahead of Love Island.

Superfans don't have long to wait for their next baking fix.

The famous tent will open once again on Monday at 5.00pm for Channel 4's first ever series of Junior Bake Off.

Former contestant Liam Charles joins Prue to judge the youngsters' creations, with Harry Hill on hosting duties.

The show is also due to air festive specials as usual at the end of the year.

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