‘The Great British Bake Off’ returned with strong ratings for its first show, adding more than a million viewers on to last year’s series opener.
Viewing figures for the BBC2 cookery contest, which aired on Tuesday at 8pm, peaked at 6.3 million – up from 3 million who tuned into the equivalent episode in August 2012.
It beat all other TV programmes in its hour-long time slot including hospital soap ‘Holby City’ on BBC1 and detective drama ‘Lewis’ on ITV1, taking a 26.2% share of the audience.
In this fourth series of the Bafta-award winning show, judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry return along with presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, to preside over a new set of 13 amateur bakers.
In the first episode, they were challenged to make a sandwich cake, an angel food cake and a chocolate cake.
Last year, 7.3 million watched law student John Whaite win the competition.