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Naked Attraction branded ‘a new low’ for dating shows despite good ratings

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 27/07/2016 Jennifer Ruby

image © Provided by Independent Print Limited image Naked Attraction has been branded a ‘new low’ in dating shows by a number of unimpressed viewers.

The brand new UK programme, which sees singletons choose potential dates based on their nude body parts, left many viewers with their jaws on the floor when it aired on Monday night.

But despite the fact that the show left some people ‘shocked’, an impressive amount actually tuned in to get a first look at the controversial programme.

According to the broadcaster, the first episode drew an average audience of 1.4 million, which is up 82% on the slot average.

Broadcast in the late 10pm slot, the show certainly didn’t hold back when it came to gratuitous nudity.

“#nakedattraction really does represent a new low for TV. I expect far more from @Channel4 than such lowest common dominator nonsense,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“So much for western civilization. New low #nakedattraction,” another view wrote.

Someone else posted: “I'm in shock at how comfortable these people are with bearing all on national television! #NakedAttraction.”

Other views seemed to think that the programme actually promoted healthy body shapes and sizes.

“I watched #nakedattraction last night and thought it was great! Real human bodies in all shapes and sizes,” one viewer wrote.

Hosted by Anna Richardson, the show aims to ‘start where most dates end’, letting people pick their partners based on their bodies alone.

“Evolutionary scientists say that back in the day we would have picked someone based on primal instinct,” said Richardson. “So that’s what we’re trying in the 21st Century.”

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