Television has always commanded attention. If you are in a living room with a group of people and the set is on, people will naturally keep their eyes on the program, even if it is something stupid. Humans are attracted to things in motion and for that reason, television commands attention. But television has taken its lumps more recently. There are so many channels, programmers try extra hard to call attention to their offerings.

It seems that a few programmers have discovered that people are interested in naked people. It started with a show called “Naked and Afraid” on one of those channels most people skip past. If you’ve missed this classic series, two persons — one male, one female — are dropped into some exotic, untamed jungle or desert or swamp or uncomfortable locale and told how to get out.

The catch is, the man and woman are naked. Yup. As a jaybird. And a camera crew follows them around, showing what they have to do to find shelter, stay warm, and get food. Viewers are treated to a survival show, with the added nudity. Now most of the nudity is blurred out, except when the contestants are facing away from the camera. There are cheeks everywhere. And that certainly catches a person’s eye when you are scanning the channels looking for Jeopardy! or reruns of The Big Bang Theory.

So, “Naked and Afraid” started gaining a lot of attention, and other television producers decided they wanted to draw in traffic the same way. So last weekend, I stumbled across “Selling Naked” which is one of those house-buying shows where the customer has to choose between three houses to buy. This version is the same basic idea — real estate agents are trying to sell houses and condos — but the perspective homes are in nudist communities.

That means a lot of naked people walking around, gardening, etc., while some agent is trying to point out the new shingles on the roof or the delicate trim around the window boxes. The same rules apply to “Selling Naked” also, so lots of blurred parts of people and lots of standing behind things.

Then earlier this week I read about another network with a show soon to debut. It’s called “Dating Naked,” and I’m sure you’ve guessed the plot already. Now, not much would have made my dating life more awkward than being a contestant on this show. But that’s not the point. The point is, how many people are there who want to appear naked on nationwide television? And how much of them do we really have to look at?

Believe it or not, there is a limit to what can be shown before many people would rather turn the channel. While the first two of these shows have apparently agreed to blur everything on the front half of bodies, will the next show continue?

Already in Europe, there are shows on the air that do not blur anything at all. While that sounds like a teenage boy’s dream, it’s hardly necessary. It’s usually not desirable either. If you’ll pardon the expression, the naked truth is that clothing is a good idea.

Part of what makes “Naked and Afraid” so fascinating is that you start to wonder what additional injury will be inflicted on them because they wear no protection. I really don’t want any part of hearing someone walk naked through a briar patch or sit down wrong on a pile of sticks. And I don’t need to know about all the insect bites and sunburn issues.

Just put on some clothes and show us how well you can catch a trout with your shoestring. That’ll do just fine. Better yet, if we’re down to nudity to get people to watch television, maybe we’ve already voted to ship the television sets off our little Survivor island.

When there are 13,000 channels in need of programming, we’re going to hit bottom in quality programming. It appears we may have hit bottom already.