RATINGS! Great British Bake Off viewing figures drop 500,000 viewers

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Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off dropped 500,000 viewers for its second episode last night.

But with still 6 million viewers, we’re doubtful Channel 4 will be too upset.

The second episode of the eighth series averaged 6 million between 8PM and 9:15PM last night, down 500,000 on last week’s opening episode.

The first episode of series eight was watched by 6.5 million viewers last week.

It was the show’s lowest launch audience since it was on BBC Two, down a whopping 37.5% on last year’s run, which kicked off with 10.4million.

Despite this, it was still a fantastic result – with Bake Off now ranking as the network’s most watched broadcast since the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

It is also a massive hit among 16-34s, becoming C4’s biggest show in the youth demographic since Big Brother ten years ago.

C4’s chief creative officer Jay Hunt previously said the show would break even with just 3 million viewers.

She praised the opening numbers last week: “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.”

Bake Off continues next Tuesday at 8.00pm on Channel 4 with bread week.

Following Bake Off, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls continued with 1.6 million viewers.

Elsewhere last night, Doctor Foster’s second series began with 6.3 million viewers at 9PM On BBC One.

Eastenders proved to be the most watched show of the night with 6.3 million viewers while Emmerdale had 5.4 million.

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