BBC's 'Great British Bake Off' Ratings Set Season High

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The semifinal episode of the baking competition averaged more than 10 million viewers.

BBC baking competition The Great British Bake Off drew its highest overnight ratings of the season with its latest episode and one of its best performances ever on Wednesday night.

The launch episode of the sixth season, which is the show's second on the U.K. public broadcaster's flagship network BBC One, had reached an average audience of 9.3 million, making it the show's best-ever season debut.

The show's ratings have since outperformed last season's. Wednesday's episode at 8 p.m., the semifinal of the season, averaged 10.2 million viewers, or a 43.8 percent share of people watching TV in Britain at the time, according to overnight ratings data from That marked a high for the current season. The episode peaked with 11.2 million viewers, according to the BBC.

"#GBBO audience rose like a perfect souffle to 10.2m/43.8% from last week's 8.4m," tweeted

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

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