The Great British Bake Off has proved its worth to the BBC again, with last night’s episode becoming the most-watched series opener in the show’s history.
9.3 million people tuned in to watch the first episode on BBC1, rising to 10 million at the show’s peak. That’s two million more than the number who watched 2014’s opening episode, and only three million off the all-time high of 12.3 million for 2014’s finale.
It’s not quite the most-watched show of 2015 – Britain’s Got Talent’s final on ITV bagged an audience high of 11.7 million – but the British appetite for Paul, Mary, Mel and Sue is as voracious as ever.
The first episode saw the departure of Stu, while Marie was named the series’ first Star Baker.
Current contestants and many Bake Off tent veterans were among the viewers and reacted to the opening episode online, while last year’s finalist Richard Burr has tipped Nadiya and Marie as his ‘bakers to watch’.
Paul Hollywood will be at the Radio Times Festival this September. Tickets are available here.