The Great British Bake Off 2016 opening episode draws record-breaking audience

Over 10 million people tuned in to the first episode of series seven, the highest rated opening ever for the BBC1 show

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The Great British Bake Off isn’t just taking a slice of the TV-watching audience – it’s eating up the whole cake. 10.4 million people tuned in to watch the first episode of 2016, becoming the most-watched series opener in the show’s history.

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The viewing figure beat last year’s series opener by over a million viewers. The all-time record for an episode of Bake Off was the 13.4 million people who tuned into 2015’s series finale, when Nadiya Hussain took the baking crown.

At one point, 11.2 million people were watching last night’s opening episode on BBC1, which saw contestant Lee become the first person to leave the tent and Jane named Star Baker.

A further 4.1 million people stayed on to watch new series The Chronicles of Nadiya on BBC1.

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Up against Bake Off, ITV managed 1.4 million for its new game show 500 Questions, plus a further 300,000 on HD. 1.1 million people watched Great Canal Journeys on Channel 4, and 600,000 watched Can Britain Have a Pay Rise on BBC2. 

Meet The Great British Bake Off Class of 2016

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Andrew
Smyth

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Jane
Beedle

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Louise
Williams

 

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Selasi
Gbormittah

 

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Michael
Georgiou

 

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Benjamina
Ebuehi

 

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Candice
Brown

 

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Val
Stones

 

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Lee
Blanfield

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Kate
Barmby

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Tom
Gillford
 

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Rav
Bansal