Bill Maher: Live From DC became HBO’s most watched comedy special in nearly five years, when 1.1 million people watched at 10 PM and a second played cumed it out at 1.6 million Friday night.

That makes it  HBO’s most-watched comedy special premiere since Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction logged 1.9 million viewers on December 6, 2009.

Maher kicked off the night with the return of his HBO series,  Real Time with Bill Maher; live from Washington.  That 9  PM telecast, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Jerry Seinfeld, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman, and NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, attracted 1.1 million viewers and a cume of 1.8 mil across two plays — up 22% from the show’s most recent telecast on August 1, 2014.