Great British Bake Off viewers rise by over half a million

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Over half a million more people watched the show last night, compared with last week. It seems like their viewers are rising. Unlike Tom’s Yorkshire puddings.

An average of 10.3 million people watched last night’s episode – 9.7 did last week. The number of viewers peaked right at the end, with 11.3 million people.

Last week it was announced that GBBO is moving to Channel 4 – Love Productions, who make the programme, signed a deal on Monday.

On Tuesday the presenters (Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins) announced in a joint statement that they wouldn’t follow the dough and they’re leaving after the current series.

There’s currently no word from Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

The BBC was short of the £10m needed to keep the show – they offered £15m a year to keep it apparently, which is double what they pay for the show, An Extra Slice and the Sport Relief specials currently – but offers below £25m were refused.

The Great British Bake Off returns on Wednesday night at 8pm. Watch highlights of yesterday’s episode below:

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