The Great British Bake off finally gives the BBC a fond farewell as it reaches record audience views.
The last ever episode of The Great British Bake Off to be shown on the BBC attracted 14.8 million viewers, all to watch Candice Brown be crowned the winner. When told about the record popularity of the show Candice said: “that sounds amazing…I think it was a really good episode”
More than half the viewing public tuned in to see Candice triumph in a series of bakes including a 49-piece royal picnic that judge Mary Berry called:
An absolute humdinger of a showstopper
Candice’s victory topped last year’s final viewing figures; 13.4 million tuned in to witness Nadiya Hussain take the glory. That episode ended up as the most watched programme of 2015.
The final of the bake off 2016 also beat England’s match against Slovakia in the Euro 2016, which had 13.8 million viewers.
However, the Great British Bake Off will no longer appear on BBC schedules. Last month the shows makers, Love Productions, struck a £75 million three-year deal to transfer the series to Channel 4.
Presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, along with Mary Berry have announced that they will no longer be a part of the show,
whereas Paul Hollywood said he will be returning to the next series.
The show has yet to create the two BBC festive specials which is set to air in December. Junior Bake Off also starts next month, which Nadiya Hussain will judge.
BBC1 director of content, Charlotte Moore, said: “BBC1 brought over half of the British viewing public together to watch the final of The Great British Bake Off, delivering the highest ever ratings!
“Congratulations to Candice and the Bake Off team, and a big thank you to all the loyal fans over the last seven series.”