'Naked and Afraid' ratings: Surprise! Dudes love the stripped-down survival show

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Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid was a ratings winner Sunday night, according to Nielsen figures, coming in second, with 3.62 million viewers overall and 1.6 million viewers in the 18-49 age group, and first among men.

Each week in the survival reality series, a man and a woman attempt to survive the wilderness sans food, water, and clothing. This latest iteration of the survival show edged out an overly clothed and accessorized Keeping Up With the Kardashians (2.83 million viewers), a legally embattled Real Housewives of New Jersey (2.48 million viewers), and the Will-iverse known as The Newsroom (1.8 million viewers). Naked and Afraid was only topped by HBO’s True Blood coming in at 4.36 million viewers.

In particular, the au naturel reality show performed well among male viewers, as it was the No. 1 ad-supported program in the 25-54 category and the 18-49 category on Sunday. After all, there’s nothing like kicking back on God’s rest day with a cold brewski, a comfy couch, and some naked people going NC-17 fishing. Or at least until Sunday Night Football returns.

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