Eddie Hobbs show attracts record viewers

Record numbers of angry consumers are tuning in to a new series on rip-off culture, it emerged today.

Rip-off Republic, hosted by personal finance expert Eddie Hobbs, attracted 500,000 viewers when when it was first broadcast last week.

The number of viewers increased to 667,000 viewers for the second episode last Monday.

RTE said this corresponded to a share of 51.5% of all those watching television at that time.

“This phenomenal audience figure marks it as the top factual programme this year to date and in the past five summers,” said a spokeswoman.

The four-part Rip-Off Republic series is filmed in front of a live audience at the Helix in Dublin City University.

Its presenter Eddie Hobbs achieved success last year with his ‘Show me the Money’ series which helped people to overcome personal debt.

Rip-Off Republic is focusing on overcharging in the home, entertainment, transport and work sectors.

In the first episode, he urged viewers in the first episode to to voice their opposition to the ban on bellow-cost selling by sending nappies to the Enterprise and Employment Minister Micheal Martin.

Mr Martin’s office duly received around 700 nappies by post.

The third episode of Rip-off Republic has been deferred to make way for the Rose of Tralee contest next week but will be broadcast on RTE1 at 9.30pm on Monday, August 29.

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