Chat: What did you think of new Great British Bake Off?

Chat: What did you think of new Great British Bake Off?

With Channel 4 having a far smaller reach than the BBC, few expect the show to even come close to its previous record-busting figures, or even double figures.

When the BBC first announced that it had lost the baking show to Channel 4, there was a big hoo-ha amongst fans, TV writers and baking enthusiasts due to the fact that the show would be corrupted and interrupted by ads.

The show achieved an average audience of 6.5 million viewers, and peaked with 7.7 million throughout its initial airing.

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Eyebrows were raised when the £75 million figure Channel 4, which is a commercially funded public broadcaster, paid for it became public. While the figure immediately makes it Channel 4's most popular programme, it is significantly down on its BBC1 audience, which averaged more than 10 million.

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But C4 creative officer Jay Hunt said: "The audience last night proves it's still one of the country's favourite shows".

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. Season 6's debut episode delivered 9.3 million viewers for BBC One.

The BBC's overnight ratings do not account for those watching on catch-up services.

Last week at the Edinburgh International Television Festival Hunt, who is soon to leave the channel, said around three million viewers was the break-even point for Channel 4 and "anything above that" would be profit.

Paul Hollywood and new judge Prue Leith welcomed 12 fresh faces to the famous white tent - all of whom are aiming to be crowned Britain's best amateur baker.

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