The UK's Most Popular TV Show Is ... A Baking Competition?

November 13, 2014 9:27 PM

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The UK's Most Popular TV Show Is ... A Baking Competition?

Over the past few years, British television has produced a bumper crop of terrific shows, many of which have found large audiences around the world: "Downtown Abbey," "Sherlock," "Broadchurch," "Call The Midwife," "Happy Valley" and the "Doctor Who" revival. American TV fans might assume that one of them -- maybe "Downton" -- is the most popular show in the U.K. at the moment. But they'd be wrong.

In fact, when it comes to ratings, all these dramas have been bested by a show called "The Great British Bake Off." It's exactly what the title implies: an amateur baking competition. A whopping 12.3 million Brits tuned in to the finale of the show's fifth season on Oct. 7. That's 1 in every 5 peopl...

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