Great British Bake Off’s return to a new channel last night performed pretty well, all things considered.
Ratings were always expected to dip, given that Channel 4 has a much smaller reach than BBC One.
However the drop wasn’t actually that severe: the first episode was seen by a peak of 6.78 million viewers, and an average of 5.79 million.
With viewings on +1 included, it achieved an average of 6.5 million and a peak of 7.6.
Considering C4 controller Jay Hunt said the show would be turning a profit at three million, that’s quite something.
The only awkwardness is with Paul Hollywood flippantly implying that less than eight million would be bad news.
Last year’s first episode hit 10.4 million overnight, rising to over 13 million with seven-day catch-up figures factored in.
Reviews for last night’s debut were very strong – but it’s the ratings next week that will paint the most interesting picture.