The broadcaster said the Great British Bake Off final on Channel 4 attracted an average of 6.9 million viewers.
On Tuesday night, spectators watched on Tuesday night to watch Giuseppe Dell’Anno, winner of the 12th series of the amateur baking show.
Bristol’s 45-year-old chief engineer became the first Italian to receive the top prize, saying: “There are no words, I am speechless for once.”
Channel 4 said the finale had eight million viewers and accounted for 37.2% of the total TV viewing audience.
Last year Bake Off enjoyed its most-watched finale on Channel 4, attracting a record average viewership of 9.2 million viewers, although viewing figures generally rose during the lockdown.
In comparison, the 2019 finals were watched by an average of 6.9 million people.
Speaking the morning after his win, Dell’Anno said that his performance on the show prompted an emotional reaction from his usually stoic father.
He told Times Radio: “There’s a message that some family friends collected without me knowing, which was shown to me during the recording you saw yesterday from my dad during the show.
“He’s not like him. My dad is a very strong and mute (sort of), staunch Italian dad. He doesn’t speak much.
“So the fact that he asked himself to say those cute things for the camera means it must have had an effect on him.
“He’s always talking in a way — in reverse commas — to my sister and to himself through his beck. And I realized later in life that it was his way of showing us his love and affection.”
Dell’Anno took the crown despite coming last in the series’ final technical challenge and showstopper in oven issues.
Both Dame Prue Leith and fellow judge Paul Hollywood said the finale was the closest yet – each contestant received two coveted “Hollywood handshakes” and two Star Baker Awards during the course of the series.
The episode saw the trio create exquisite carrot cakes, Belgian buns and a showstopper dessert inspired by the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice in Wonderland.
Dell’Anno gambled with his carrot cake by baking a large sponge and a special “family jam” of figs and walnuts.
They were also placed last in the technical challenge after baking more “massively” despite the cleanliness of the Belgian buns.
Dell’Anno said he screamed at the screen while watching the final broadcast on TV.
“That tent plays tricks on your head,” he said.
“Stress clearly does. I was on screen last night yelling at myself: “Get those buns out!”
“I don’t know why I put them in the oven for so long. I don’t know what was going through my mind.
“The funny thing (is) I got a message this morning from a Belgian friend of mine who said, ‘You know that buns shouldn’t be golden brown?’ I think I learned the lesson the hardest way.”
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