New Bake Off viewing figures drop by nearly 4 million

Prue Leith

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.

One thing Channel 4 can't compete against the BBC in is the advert department.

Originally produced by United Kingdom indie Love Productions, the BBC lost rights to the original version of the series to Channel 4 last September when C4 won a bidding war and inked a three-year deal for the factual program, worth £75 million (US$97 million).

Episode one pulled in 6.5 million viewers, more than double the number Channel 4 had previously said it would need to break even. The company also has an exclusive first negotiation position with Love Productions for the worldwide distribution of future seasons of The Great British Bake Off.

Eyebrows were raised when the £75 million figure Channel 4, which is a commercially funded public broadcaster, paid for it became public.

Critics had speculated whether the show would survive following the departure of Berry and popular presenters Mel Griedroyc and Sue Perkins, but viewing figures suggest fans are willing to at least give the revamped series a go.

There was a lot of uncertainty as to how our favourite baking show would fare once it moved from the BBC.

Great British Bake Off starts on the 29th August and carries on for 10 weeks on Channel 4 at 8 PM.

'I am delighted millions watched the new team put 12 magnificent bakers through their paces.

And now, following a press screening of the first episode at Channel 4 headquarters last week, the new-look show is finally ready for digestion.

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Prue Leith has made her judging debut alongside Paul Hollywood, and a new batch of bakers have taken their first tentative steps down the floury road to GBBO glory.

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