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GBBO: The best reactions from last night's episode

Insects As Food Gains Popularity

From left to right, we have Chris, Yan, Sophie, Julia, Liam, presenter Sandi Toksvig, judge Paul Hollywood, Tom, judge Prue Leith, Peter, presenter Noel Fielding, Stacey, James, Kate, Steven, and Flo.

"'The Great British Bake Off's' audience last night proves it's still one of the country's favorite shows", said Channel 4's outgoing chief creative officer Jay Hunt, who spearheaded the move to poach the show from the BBC a year ago.

Last night's opening episode averaged around 6.5 million viewers.

Media executives suggested that the channel could expect to generate tens of millions of...

Originally produced by United Kingdom indie Love Productions, the BBC lost rights to the original version of the series to Channel 4 last September when C4 won a bidding war and inked a three-year deal for the factual program, worth £75 million (US$97 million).

And the show certainly kicked off with a bang, when contestant Sophie Faldo nearly left new host Noel Fielding speechless as she got to grips with making a rather rude-looking chocolate treat.

According to their press office, Tuesday's episode is the channel's most watched show in five years, since London's Paralympics Opening Ceremony in 2012.

Channel 4 averages around a million viewers for the Tuesday night slot, so Bake Off's figures represent a major uplift. In The Daily Telegraph, Michael Hogan gave the Channel 4 version five of five stars, calling it "the same flavorsome confection" and saying "dough devotees can rest easy".

Great British Bake Off starts tonight and we're getting all our eggs, flour and cookie cutting implements ready and in a row.

Unlike the BBC, Channel 4 is funded via commercials, and has signed Bake Off sponsorship deals worth $5.2 million, while also extending the show to 75 to fit in more than 15 minutes of breaks.

This was the first episode of the hit baking show since its move to Channel 4 with Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding replacing Mel and Sue.