Peter Sawkins, 20, the winner of The Great British Bake Off  - C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon 
Peter Sawkins, 20, the winner of The Great British Bake Off – C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon

The Great British Bake Off enjoyed its biggest-ever audience on Channel 4, the broadcaster has said.

The show attracted a record average audience of 9.2 million viewers, a 39.7 per cent share of the audience and a 10.4 million peak on Tuesday night.

It makes it the baking competition’s biggest-ever overnight audience on Channel 4.

The broadcaster also said it was the highest rating Channel 4 show since modern records began in 2002.

The previous highest overnight rating of a Bake Off episode on Channel 4 was the 2017 final which attracted 7.7m viewers and a 34.6 per cent share of the viewing audience.

Peter Sawkins was named the youngest ever Bake Off champion in the Tuesday night final.

The 20-year-old accounting and finance student from Edinburgh – nicknamed the “baby-faced assassin” by host Noel Fielding – was crowned the show’s youngest ever winner during Tuesday night’s final.

He is also the first winner from Scotland in the show’s decade-long history.

Speaking to BBC radio’s Good Morning Scotland, Sawkins said he had only told his immediate friends and family about his win prior to the final airing on Channel 4.

He said: “There is something very nice that I can finally stop keeping the secret and share it with friends and family.

“It’s an absolute dream. I was really pleased with how I managed to step through all the challenges.

“I feel in a really privileged position because of course there will be some opportunities that arise from this, and it would be amazing to try and explore them, but at the same time I am going to keep on going with my degree, so I’m in a nice position.”

Since filming took place during the summer, Sawkins has returned to university but been unable to tell any of his housemates.

He revealed he had celebrated his win with his flatmates in Edinburgh and a homemade chocolate cake.