How does Bake Off’s huge 13.4m audience compare to the biggest TV shows of recent years?

Long live Queen Mary! Brits love the likes of Broadchurch, BGT, EastEnders live, Sherlock and the Rugby World Cup... just not as much as they love cake, rain-covered tents and technical challenges, it seems


Bake Off proved that Britain still has a huge appetite for event telly (and cake) last night, rising to the occasion with impressive overnight figures. An average of 13.4 million tuned in last night to see Nadiya win that coveted cake stand, in increase of over a million year-on-year. 


Let’s put that in context. Basically, Britain loved those tense last moments in the tent, Nadiya’s lemon drizzle-inspired wedding cake, the GBBO contestant’s camaraderie and Mary Berry’s wobbly-lipped moment more than… 

Downton Abbey series 6

The premiere of the much-anticipated final series pulled in just 7.6 million viewers in comparison. What would Violet say?

The Broadchurch series 1 finale

We might have all been gripped by the investigation into the murder of Danny Latimer in 2014 but, with an average audience of 8.6m, almost five million less of us tuned in. 

The Queen’s Christmas speech

Mary Berry really is the Queen of Baking – and TV ratings. With viewing figures of 7.82 million, last night’s Bake Off finale beat the Queen’s 2014 Christmas Day speech by 5 and a half million…  

Doctor Who’s series 9 premiere

Of course we love the Tardis and its Timelord, but just 4.64 of us tuned in to watch The Magician’s Apprentice. Almost three times more of us tuned into last night’s Bake Off.  

The final of EastEnders Live Week

Those EastEnders impressed us in February of this year, producing a week’s worth of live episodes. The final episode of the week still pulled in 3.4million less than Bake Off, though… 

Sherlock’s The Empty Hearse 

We were besides ourselves with glee when Sherlock returned to our telly screens on New Years Day 2014 (12.7 million). Just not quite as besides ourselves as we were last night…

The Strictly Come Dancing grand final  

10.2 million of us saw Caroline Flack win Strictly in December last year. 3.2 million more of us watched Nadiya’s win last night.  

England’s recent Rugby World Cup defeat

5.4 million more of us cared about who would win the Bake Off cake stand than England being kicked out of the World Cup…

The Apprentice 2014 final

7.1 million of us watched Lord Sugar pick his latest Apprentice last autumn, almost half the number of people who tuned into last night’s Bake Off… 

This is England ’90 finale 

When Lol, Shaun and co said their final goodbyes on Sunday, 1.03 million of us where there to say farewell, but 13 times more Brits tuned into the Bake Off tent…

Britain’s Got Talent 2015 final

Jules and Matisse wowed the nation with their canine acrobatics earlier this year. 11.37 million of us tuned in to see them win. It’s just that 2 million more of us were wowed by Tamal, Ian and Nadiya’s baking skills.

Bet Cowell’s not best pleased about that… 


The Great British Bake Off will be back on BBC1 next year