The Great British Bake Off bowed out with a bang, as its last-ever show on BBC was watched by 14 million viewers – a record for the show and the most-watched programme of the year so far.
More than half of the viewing public tuned in to see Candice Brown win the Bake Off crown with a series of bakes including a 49-piece royal picnic that judge Mary Berry called “an absolute humdinger of a showstopper”. At its peak 14.8 million viewers tuned in.
PE teacher Candice described her win as probably the biggest moment in her life. “When they said my name… that means more to me than anyone will ever realise”, she said.
“It was a big moment in my life, probably the biggest so far. I can’t stop smiling”, Candice continued.
31-year-old Candice from Bedfordshire, was placed ahead of fellow finalists Andrew Smyth, 25, and Jane Beedle, 61, by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
Candice’s victory eclipsed last year’s final when an average audience of 13.4 million tuned in to watch Nadiya Hussain. That episode ended up as the most-watched programme of 2015.
This year’s Bake Off final also beat England’s appearances in Euro 2016, which peaked with 13.8 million viewers for the goalless draw to Slovakia.
The final was the last episode of the main Bake Off series to appear on the BBC after its makers Love Productions struck a £75m three-year deal to take the series to Channel 4.
Presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, as well as Berry, have said they will not follow the programme to the commercial broadcaster, with only Berry’s fellow judge Paul Hollywood committing to the next series.
Nevertheless, there are still two BBC festive specials to come starring all four, as well as Junior Bake Off next month in which Hussain will be a judge.
BBC 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”.
TNT would like to congratulate all bakers this year, as their achievements came in a highly pressured competition. Special congratulations to Candice for exceptionally consistent baking.