Great British Bake Off 2016 final watched by 15 million viewers

Great British Bake Off 2016 viewing figures

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The Great British Bake Off scored its highest EVER ratings last night.

It was the final of the last ever BBC One series and an average audience of 14 MILLION viewers tuned in.

The episode was up 600,000 viewers on last year's final with every single series increasing in numbers since the very first.

A peak audience of close to 15 million viewers watched as the result was revealed, up 250,000 on 2015's peak figure.

The huge numbers strengthen Bake Off's crown as the most watched TV show of the year, a title it's unlikely to lose before the end of 2016.

The show had already achieved the top spot earlier this year after overtaking Britain's Got Talent, the Rio Olympics and Euro 2016 games.

Great British Bake Off final ratings

Overnight figures.

2010 - 2.5 million
2011 - 4.6 million
2012 - 6.5 million
2013 - 8.4 million
2014 - 12.3 million
2015 - 13.4 million

While yesterday's show was the last ever in the BBC One series, it wasn't actually the final Bake Off show on the BBC.

The channel previously announced two one-off Christmas specials which will air later this year.

The two episodes - which don't have exact air dates yet - will see four bakers from past series return to don their Christmas jumpers and aprons to tackle three festive challenges.

But come the end of the year it will be over for The Great British Bake Off for good.

The show will move to Channel 4 in a new three-year-deal and say goodbye to Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

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