Bill Maher‘s double-duty live stunt on HBO did the trick, at least ratings-wise.

Maher hosted a special edition of his weekly Real Time talk show on Friday night from Washington, D.C., immediately followed by a stand-up special, Bill Maher: Live from D.C.

HBO reports 1.6 million viewers watched it either live on Friday or on the replay later overnight. That’s the most popular turnout for an HBO comedy special since the Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction stand-up broadcast in December 2009.

Here’s a clip from his Real Time episode on Friday, shortly before he hopped in a limo to the venue for his stand-up special (note: Maher’s Real Time from D.C. episode attracted the same 1.1 million viewers live as his stand-up special did, and a total of 1.8 million after a second broadcast):

Guess this means I have to watch Bill Maher: Live from D.C. now?

In the meantime, here’s a new Funny or Die video he made, exposing his real religious beliefs!?