The Bake Off takes off with 1m extra viewers
The Great British Bake Off had 4.2 million viewers for Tuesday's episodeIt was one million more than last week
The previous season averaged 4 million viewers
23:45 GMT, 22 August 2012
Peak-time television audiences have already shown a taste for its Victoria sponges, banoffee pies and cooking advice.
This week, however, the Great British Bake Off confirmed it has the perfect recipe for even greater ratings success.
One million extra viewers tuned in to watch queen of cakes Mary Berry and top chef Paul Hollywood run the rule over 12 hopefuls.
Recipe for ratings: One million extra viewers watched BBC2 show the Great British Bake Off as judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry run the rule over 12 hopeful cooks
More than 4.2million watched the BBC2 show’s second episode on Tuesday evening, with a peak audience of 4.7million.
The average figure was up 700,000 from the opening episode of the third series last week, which was seen by an average of 3.5million.
Tapping into the appetite for old-fashioned cookery shows, it pits the contestants against each other to declare one as the nation’s best amateur baker.
This week, they prepared bagels under
the scrutiny of judges Mrs Berry, 77, and Mr Hollywood, 46, a former
chef at The Dorchester.
Serious scrutiny: Top chef and tough judge Mr Hollywood scrutinised the show's cooks in Tuesday's episode including Sadie Nicholas's focaccia
In the past, show hopefuls have criticised Mr Hollywood for being too intimidating.
One, Catheryn, 27, from West Sussex, said: ‘He’s just so unnerving – it’s the eyes and the way he moves around silently and looks at, touches or smells something and says nothing. He never gives anything away.’
A viewer tweeted: ‘Why is Paul Hollywood being a bit nasty Don’t want increasing harshness, give him a poke.’ Some fans appeared to warm to Mrs Berry instead. One wrote online: ‘I want Mary Berry as my surrogate grandma.’ Another added: ‘I want her to adopt me.’
Other viewers were inspired to try out the show’s recipes. One wrote: ‘I want to make bagels. First time I’ve ever watched it.’
Another said: ‘Since watching last night, I’m craving bagels!’
The previous series averaged just under 4million viewers per episode. A peak of 5.1million saw mother-of-three Jo Wheatley, 41, win the final in October.
This month, Mrs Berry said: ‘It’s not a teaching programme, but people learn from it. Viewers can watch the contestants then think: “I could have a go at that”.
‘Many cookery programmes are so hyped up; this one isn’t.’