Great British Bake Off return serves up six million viewers

It is the much-loved show’s second outing on C4.

The Great British Bake Off returned to TV screens with an average of 6.1 million viewers – a slight drop from last year.

The former BBC show relaunched in 2017 for the first time on C4 amid a blaze of publicity, when it notched up an average of 6.5 million.

On Tuesday night, it returned to C4 with a peak audience of seven million and an average of 6.1 million (a 29% share), which is still a success for the broadcaster.

The first show in the new series saw contestant Dan create a biscuit baby that looked like “something else”.

And viewers agreed that the creation had more than a passing reference to a particular body part.

Amateur baker Imelda was the first baker of the new series to leave the tent.

The countryside recreation officer, 33, from Co Tyrone in Northern Ireland, failed to impress judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood across the last two of her three challenges.

Bookies have tipped Mamon and Ruby as favourites to go through to the final of the show, hosted by Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.