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How would you rate Channel 4's Great British Bake Off?

How would you rate Channel 4's Great British Bake Off?

The new series of the Great British Bake Off kicked off in its new home on Channel 4 last night.

Media executives suggested that the channel could expect to generate tens of millions of...

But the broadcaster's average of 6.5m viewers, with a peak of 7.7m, fell below 10.5m reported by the BBC at the same point past year.

The 2015 series saw another huge leap in overnight ratings, with its launch episode raking in 9.3 million, while the BBC's final series of Bake Off past year debuted at 10.4 million viewers.

The hit show has moved from the BBC to Channel 4 with a new line-up which saw judge Paul Hollywood joined by Prue Leith, replacing original judge Mary Berry.

The figure is likely to rise higher when the official consolidated ratings are published next week, which will include people who recorded the show and watched it up to seven days afterwards.

According to their press office, Tuesday's episode is the channel's most watched show in five years, since London's Paralympics Opening Ceremony in 2012.

The new series of the Great British Bake Off got off to a flying start last night in it's shiny new home on Channel 4.

However, even though the series premiere is the lowest watched Bake Off debut since its fifth series launched to around 5 million viewers on BBC Two in 2013, the figures seem to be good news for Channel 4. In The Daily Telegraph, Michael Hogan gave the Channel 4 version five of five stars, calling it "the same flavorsome confection" and saying "dough devotees can rest easy".

When the Bake Off airs on Channel 4, it will be the first time the cookery show is broadcast with adverts.

As for the critical reception to the first episode, Channel 4's re-jigged The Great British Bake Off received nearly unanimous applause from across the board for largely sticking to an already winning formula.


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