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Bake Off finale reaches record audience

The last screening on the BBC of The Great British Bake Off, controversially set to move to commercial public service broadcaster Channel 4, has recorded its highest overnight audience ever. An average of 14 million people tuned in to BBC One to watch the winner revealed.

Wednesday evening’s finale episode peaked just before 21:00 BST, when Brown was revealed as the winner, with 14.8 million viewers.

The figures indicate more viewers watched this year’s final than 2015’s, when an average of 13.4 million saw Nadiya Hussain win the series.

However, the total number of viewers that saw last year’s final rose to just over 15 million when those watching on catch-up services were included. This year’s final consolidated figure won’t be available until early November.

The current series has dominated TV ratings, with the show occupying every place in the top five most watched programmes of the year so far.

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: “BBC One brought over half of the British viewing public together to watch the final of The Great British Bake Off, delivering the highest ever ratings.”

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