Most popular TV shows to apply for have been revealed

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NEWLY released research reveals the TV shows attracting the most applicants in the UK, with Love Island proving to be the most popular, followed by First Dates, and The Cube.

The study, conducted by Uswitch, uses Google search data to find out the shows that are attracting the most applications with the summertime sensation, Love Island, coming out on top.

The show consistently sends social media into a frenzy, so it’s no surprise that it’s the show receiving the most applications from hopeful ‘islanders.’

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Photo by Benjamin Dada on Unsplash. Google search data reveals that there is an average of 28,800 searches for a Love Island application form every year.

In second-place is another hit dating show, First Dates; hosted by the nation’s favourite Frenchman Fred Sirieix, there’s an average of 22,800 searches for the application form each year, with the lucky applicants getting a blind date in a high-end London restaurant with a paid-for meal.

Third on the list is Philip Schofield’s The Cube, a challenge show that tests contestants mental and physical agility for the chance to win £250,000. 

Following The Cube, the next most popular game shows that Brits are applying for are Ben Shephard’s Tipping Point and Pointless, where you famously have to know the correct but lesser-known answers to a range of questions.

Game show classics also feature in the top ten, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, which is now hosted by Jeremy Clarkson and gives the contestant the chance to become a millionaire by answering general knowledge questions is the sixth most popular game show to apply for with 3,840 annual searches to apply.

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Photo by Dario on Unsplash. Mastermind, which has been on British television since 1972, is the 9th most popular game show to apply for.

Mastermind, which has been on British television since 1972, is the 9th most popular game show to apply for.  

Famously originally presented by Roy Walker, Catchphrase is the seventh most popular game show to apply for, the premise of this show is that you have to guess the phrase that is shown by an animation, often featuring ‘Mr Chips’.

Finding love is hard, so it’s no wonder many people turn to a dating show to help them find their next partner.

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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. Love Island is the most popular dating show to apply for, with the restaurant-based First Dates taking second place.

Love Island is the most popular dating show to apply for, with the restaurant-based First Dates taking second place.

Perhaps surprisingly, the third most popular dating show to apply for is Channel 4’s Naked Attraction where singletons look for love based on their naked bodies rather than their face.

Married At First Sight, a show where contestants take the bold step to meet their prospective love interest for the first time at their own wedding day, attracts nearly six thousand application searches a year, making the show the fourth most popular dating show to apply for in the UK.