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    More People Watched The "Great British Bake Off" Final Than Voted Tory In The Election

    Definitive proof that people like cake more than they like Cameron. SPOILERS AHEAD.

    Fourteen and a half million people tuned in to watch Nadiya Hussain win The Great British Bake Off on Wednesday night.

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    Wednesday's final beat viewing figures of last year's final by a massive 1.1 million and was, BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said, “event television at its best".

    She said that last night's Bake Off was "the most watched TV show of the year with 13.4 million viewers, and a peak audience of 14.5 million, smashing last year’s final. Congratulations Nadiya and the Bake Off team!"

    This year's final also topped a few of 2015's other key numbers. For example, 3,165,424 more people tuned in on Wednesday than voted Conservative in May's general election.

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    Just 11,334,576 people put the Tories back into power earlier this year – definitive proof that people like cake more than Cameron.

    Only 11 million people watched England get booted out of the Rugby World Cup by Australia on Saturday.

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    So an extra 3.5 million people basked in Nadiya’s glory compared with those who wallowed in England’s sorrow.

    That difference is roughly the same as the number of people who watched Doctor Who last week. / BBC / Doctor Who

    Saturday's episode received 3.6 million viewers.

    And speaking of Australia, there are fewer than 10 million more people in that ENTIRE COUNTRY than watched Bake Off in Britain on Wednesday.

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    Australia's total population is little more than 23 million (and that's mostly snakes anyway*).

    Even if you combined the populations of London (8.6 million), Birmingham (1.1 million), Manchester (2.5 million), Leeds (751,500), and Liverpool (466,400), you still wouldn't total the 14.5 million that tuned into the Bake Off final.


    TL;DR, Britain loves Bake Off more than most things, Nadiya is now our queen. 👑💕🍰

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    Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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