It’s been a mixed week for the BBC with the loss of the Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 but there was some bittersweet news for the broadcaster as the show’s fourth episode rose to the top of the ratings.
Bake Off’s batter week dominated the 8pm slot, with an average 10.25 million viewers tuning in to listen to Mel and Sue sing, watch Paul and Mary taste Yorkshire puddings, and see Kate sent packing after she boiled some bunny churros in hot oil.
At its peak, last night’s episode reached 11.32 million people.
Bake Off took a whopping 46% of the 8pm audience, competing with BBC2’s Skies Above Britain (which did 0.87m), All Star Mr & Mrs on ITV (2.26m), and Channel 5 GPs Behind Closed Doors (0.8m).
One of only three shows in the slot that managed to break the million mark was The Last Leg, which scored 1.05m and funnily enough aired on Bake Off’s new home, Channel 4.
Bake Off’s rise in numbers bucks the trend for this series – the show’s overnight audience had been dropping from the 10.43m who watched the series seven opener to the 9.68m who popped by for Bread Week last Wednesday.
It remains to be seen how many of those viewers will follow the show to Channel 4, especially now Mel and Sue have resigned.
The proof, as always, will be in the pudding.