GBBO: Is this the end? Finale loses 1.3MILLION viewers on last year

Is this the end of GBBO? Finale is watched by 1.3million FEWER people than last year – amid claims the judges are too harsh and the show has ‘lost its charm’

  • Seven million people tuned into watch the Great British Bake Off finale yesterday
  • Marked a 1.3million drop on the number that tuned in for last year’s finale
  • Comes amid criticism from fans and critics that the show has ‘lost its charm’ 
  • Some claimed the judges were too harsh and others slammed tricky challenges 

The Great British Bake Off finale was watched by 1.3million fewer people than last year, it has been revealed. 

Last night 7million people tuned into watch David Atherton be crowned this year’s champion – beating series favourite Steph Blackwell and Geography teacher Alice Fevronia. 

It marked a significant dip on last year, when 8.3million people watched Rahul Mandal’s win. 

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The Great British Bake Off finale (pictured) was watched by 1.3million fewer people than last year, it has been revealed. It comes amid claims the show has ‘lost its charm’

The drop comes amid criticism from fans and critics that the show has become too ‘harsh’ and has lost its charm. Others have said the challenges are simply impossible for amateurs

The series overall also suffered a loss. Viewing figures averaged 5.9million over its run, down on the 6.4million average of 2018. 

The drop comes amid criticism from fans and critics that the show has become too ‘harsh’ and has lost its charm.

Taking to Twitter yesterday, one viewer wrote: ‘Unpopular opinion: really not enjoying this year’s #GBBO.’

Another posted: ‘I stopped showing an interest in it weeks ago. I love GBBO, but this season has been [boring]. 

Part of the issue has been the challenges themselves, which fans and critics have claimed are too difficult for baking enthusiasts to achieve in a couple of hours.

A third added: ‘Think I might be done with Bake Off. After 10 series it’s really lost the charm it used to have.’ 

Part of the issue has been the challenges themselves, which fans and critics alike have claimed are too difficult for baking enthusiasts to achieve in a couple of hours. 

Technical challenges have included Verrines, Beignet soufflés and Moroccan warka pastry pies – all of which would give even professionals pause for thought.   

Bake Off fans were left stunned by Paul Hollywood’s ‘brutal’ comments to sobbing contestant Steph Blackwell (pictured) during last night’s final

After trying her treats, Paul criticised every single item before telling her ‘Never mind, Steph’

Paul made his way over to Steph’s bench to give her a hug after telling her ‘never mind’, adding that it ‘doesn’t matter’ – though it clearly did

Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood also seemed particularly unforgiving when it came to offering their critiques.

Prue described one of Priya’s cakes as ‘horrible’ and Henry and Rosie’s attempts as ‘dreadful’. 

At another challenge Paul turned and pretended to storm off in disappointment over their technical bakes, saying: ‘They’re awful, they’re really bad’.  

Many fans noted that the judges appeared to strongly favour some contestants over others, with eventual winner David appearing to fare particularly badly.  

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