More than 10 million people tuned in to watch the first episode of Series 7’s Great British Bake Off, a record breaker for the hit BBC cooking show.
The episode was viewed by 47.5% of television watchers, peaking at 11.2 million, meaning it beat out even the most watched moments of the Rio Olympics. Sorry, Bolt!
The series welcomed twelve new bakers into the Bake Off tent, one of which being Jane Beedle. Beedle, 61, was the first Star Baker of the show after her lemon and poppy seed drizzle cake and a scintillating chocolate and orange cake wowed Judge Paul Hollywood.
Beedle said, “I’ve always enjoyed baking and at church I do regular baking demonstrations. I won’t show the congregation how to make a Jaffa cake, I am not going to repeat that experience- I’ll buy them a pack instead.”
The Great British Bake Off was the most watched show of 2015. Last year’s winner, Nadiya Hussain, has debuted her own cooking show, The Chronicles of Nadiya, which was televised straight after The Great British Bake Off and reeled in 4.5 million viewers.