According to a cabletv.com review of top ranked reality TV shows by state, “Naked and Afraid” is a favorite among the most watched series in at least two American Redoubt states.
Now, we really can’t picture James Wesley, Rawles or Enola Gay sitting around the family room ever watching this, or any reality TV show for that matter, but it should not be a surprise that the home states of survival are watching it.
It is also not a surprise that TV viewers in other states well-known for their appreciation of outdoors and survival living are fans of reality series’ that celebrate this lifestyle.
Think about it. If you spend time preparing for a possible catastrophe, wouldn’t the scariest scenario be you and a stranger stuck in a harsh environment without any clothes?
At least that’s what the producers claimed when they developed the show.
In an interview with Salon, Denise Contis, an executive produce of the series, said, “I think what we were always looking to do with the producers was develop the ultimate survival show, and a survival show where our cast of survivalists really had to rely on their body and their brain.”
And participants agree.
“Clothing protects you from bugs and the sun. It provides so much people don’t realize,” participating survivalist Dani Julien told the Pittsburgh Gazette. “Taking that away from us adds that much more to the challenge. It makes it harder.”
As survival shows go, it’s not all bad. Of the two episodes we viewed, the rating system for the contestant’s “survivability” is not too silly. And the contestants are truly left to suffer and try to make do.
But don’t be confused. No matter what the producers say in public, they certainly knew the salacious title and the concept of spending an hour watching naked (albeit pixelated) people would titillate the audience and add to the attraction of the show.
Regardless, as it enters its sixth season, “Naked and Afraid” will get readers thinking about the great conveniences clothes and other gear represent.
“Naked and Afraid” is available on DVD at Amazon.
In the big picture of reality TV, Paratus Business News found it interesting that in states where outdoors living and survival skills are virtues, the favorite reality TV shows reflect those tastes. Certainly states with large urban populations skewed the statewide fare to less outdoorsy themes that may be favored by more rural communities, but overall the TV watching trends held up as we might have guessed.
Here’s how survival or outdoor shows ranked in a few choice sections of the country:
The American Dedoubt
Montana – Naked and Afraid #2
Wyoming – Naked and Afraid #1
Alabama – Naked and Afraid #2, Duck Dynasty #3
Arkansas – Duck Dynasty #1, Naked and Afraid #2
Louisiana – Duck Dynasty #3
Mississippi – Duck Dynasty #1, Naked and Afraid #3
Tennessee – Duck Dynasty #1, Naked and Afraid #2
Maine – Survivor #3
Vermont – Survivor #3
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