We live in a world, we’re told, where overnight viewing figures are slumping as more and more people choose to watch their favourite shows via catch-up; where an increasing number of channels is helping to fragment audiences even further. And yet when it comes to the right show – a humble little show about baking – it’s clear that event TV is still alive and well.
A whopping 14.5 million people tuned in on Wednesday night to see Nadiya Hussain crowned 2015 Great British Bake Off champion, with an average audience of 13.4 million watching from start to finish, an oven-baked rise of over a million from last year’s 12.3m.
“The dramatic and emotional final of The Great British Bake Off rose to the occasion and brought the nation together on BBC1 to become the most watched TV show of the year,” said BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore.
“Congratulations Nadiya and the Bake Off team!”
Moore is right to be pleased. It was a good night for BBC1 all round, with the final episode of gripping drama Doctor Foster pulling in an average of 7.8 million viewers in its post-Bake Off slot, while the first full-length trailer for the Sherlock Christmas special was handed the 90-second slot between the two shows, which must have been watched by millions as well.