BBC's 'Great British Bake Off' Ratings Remain Strong

The audience for the second episode of the baking competition's sixth season was down from the season opener, but up from last year.

BBC baking competition The Great British Bake Off drew strong ratings again for its second episode of season six on Wednesday night.

The start of the sixth season, the show's second on the U.K. public broadcaster's flagship network, BBC One, last week reached an average audience of 9.3 million and peaked with 10 million viewers, setting a record for a season opener of the show.

This Wednesday, the show averaged 8.9 million viewers and peaked with 9.6 million. That was well above the 6.9 million average viewers for the previous season's second episode.

The season-five finale was the show's highest-rated episode ever, with an average audience of 12.3 million.

Bake Off features amateur bakers whose work is judged by experts. It has been credited with boosting interest in baking across the U.K.

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