New Bake Off viewing figures drop by nearly 4 million

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The new incarnation of The Great British Bake Off had an average of 5.8 million viewers on Tuesday night - down by nearly four million from last year's series premiere.

However, the figure which includes the Channel 4 "plus one" audience, still represents a drop of nearly four million compared to the opening episode from the previous series on BBC1.

Bake Off continues next Wednesday at 8pm on Channel 4.

The first episode of C4's new bakery competition series took an average 6.5 million viewers and a 30.4% share - its largest overnight audience since the Paralympics in 2012.

Perhaps unsurprisingly it's become Channel 4's biggest show of the year, racking up nearly double the viewers over their previous victor, Diana: In Her Own Words, which managed 3.5 million.

New Great British Bake Off viewing figures have dropped by nearly 4 million after its controversial move from BBC One to Channel 4.

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However, in context, the new season launch both financially and on a programming level vindicates Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt's decision to poach the Love Productions show from the BBC.

During the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week, Hunt said she would be "absolutely delighted" if the new series of Bake Off was watched by "five, six, seven million" on the channel.

The series was originally on BBC One, with Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc joining Paul Hollywood on the team.

Plus, as always, the audience at home and in the studio will be able to show off their bakes, from the delightful, the delicious to the downright disastrous.

In March this year, Channel 4 confirmed that Prue Leith would replace Berry as the second judge, and announced Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding as the show's new presenters. Channel 4 also signed two sponsorship deals for the show worth an estimated £4 million ($5.2 million).

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