Great British Bake Off scores Channel 4's biggest ratings in 5 years

An average of 6.5 million people watched the Great British Bake Off this week which is down on the last series premiere but eclipses Channel 4’s average for a Tuesday night

The episode was the first to be shown on Channel 4 since it paid £75m to take the show away from the BBC, which aired the first seven series.

Tuesday night's programme - presented by Bake Off veteran Paul Hollywood alongside new hosts Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding - included more than 15 minutes of adverts and ran for 75 minutes in total.

Last night's opening episode averaged around 6.5 million viewers.

Jumping from BBC Two to BBC One for the fifth series in 2014, the audience numbers increased dramatically, with its debut episode enjoying 7.2 million in the overnights.

The BBC's overnight ratings do not account for those watching on catch-up services.

Robins Farm on Latham Road will give a slice of homemade cake to anyone who orders a main meal between 5pm and 7pm, just a few hours before the hugely-popular baking show premieres on Channel 4.

With new judge Prue Leith and presenters Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig in tow, here's the round-up of everything that happened in "Cake Week".

At its peak, the now Mary Berry-less show attracted 6.8 million viewers.

Advertising space is understood to have sold for between £150,000-£200,000 for a 30 second slot before, during and after the show - around £50,000 more than Channel 4 normally charges at that time.

An Extra Slice will be on Channel 4 on Thursday, August 31 at 10pm.

As for the critical reception to the first episode, Channel 4's re-jigged The Great British Bake Off received nearly unanimous applause from across the board for largely sticking to an already winning formula.

However, in context, the new season launch both financially and on a programming level vindicates Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt's decision to poach the Love Productions show from the BBC.

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