The final of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, which aired last Wednesday (October 26), gave the hit show its highest overnight audience ever.
An average of 14 million people tuned in to BBC One at 8pm to watch the episode. The number peaked just before 9pm, when Candice Jones was revealed as the winner, with 14.8 million viewers.
The figures indicate more viewers watched this year’s final than 2015’s, when an average of 13.4m saw series. However, the total number of viewers that saw last year’s final rose to just over 15 million when those watching on catch-up services were included. This year’s final consolidated figure won’t be available until early November.
Two Christmas specials of the show will be broadcast in December, before the programme moves to Channel 4.
Co-judge Mary Berry and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have announced that they will not be moving across with the show, but Paul Hollywood has said he is remaining.
The BBC said this series has dominated TV ratings, occupying every place in the top five most watched programmes of the year so far.
Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: “BBC One brought over half of the British viewing public together to watch the final of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, delivering the highest ever ratings.”
She also congratulated the Bake Off team and thanked the “loyal fans over the last seven series”.
l-r: Sue Perkins, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc