RATINGS! Great British Bake Off 2017's final viewing figures are in...

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A peak audience of 9 million viewers tuned in for the Great British Bake Off 2017 final last night.

The last episode of the first series to air on Channel 4 averaged 7.7 million between 8PM and 9:15PM.

It was the most watched episode of the series, up on the 6.5 million who tuned in for the opening episode back in August.

Bake Off moved to Channel 4 from the BBC as part of of new three year deal, worth a reported £75 million.

And with the channel move came some new changes.

Restaurateur, food writer and novelist Prue Leith joined Paul Hollywood as judge, replacing Mary Berry, while Sandi Toksvig OBE and Noel Fielding replaced Mel and Sue as hosts.

While the show has done great numbers for Channel 4, it’s failed to match last year’s BBC series in terms of overnight numbers.

The 2016 final averaged 14 million viewers on BBC One and peaked with just under 15 million, close to twice as big as last night’s audience.

Despite this, the figures achieved by the show on Channel 4 are sure to have made them happy 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 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.”

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