Real Time with Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher is a U.S. television program broadcast on HBO since Friday, February 21, 2003. Real Time with Bill Maher is currently the #1 most popular show on HBO and 204th overall on TV, watched by a total number of 609,000 people (0.19% rating, down -13% from March 29) as of the daily audience measurement on . Real Time with Bill Maher is also shown on CNN since March 2024. Real Time is hosted by William Maher (68).

Real Time with Bill Maher daily P2+ ratings chart

Real Time with Bill Maher Ratings

Demographic breakdown of the most recent historical ratings of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO as of Friday, April 12, 2024.

Real Time Daily Ratings
2024-Apr-12 655HH256,5000.38
2024-Mar-29 654HH575,0000.46
2024-Mar-22 653HH562,5000.45
2024-Mar-15 652HH537,5000.43
2024-Mar-08 651HH337,5000.50
2024-Mar-01 650HH281,5000.42
2024-Feb-16 649HH537,5000.43
2024-Feb-09 648HH575,0000.46
2024-Feb-02 647HH600,0000.48
2024-Jan-26 646HH575,0000.46
2024-Jan-19 645P2+685,0000.22
2023-Dec-15 644P2+771,0000.24
2023-Dec-08 643P2+769,0000.24
2023-Dec-01 642P2+761,0000.24
2023-Nov-17 641P2+729,0000.23
2023-Nov-10 640P2+741,0000.24
2023-Nov-03 639P2+704,0000.22
2023-Oct-27 638P2+607,0000.19
2023-Oct-20 637P2+637,0000.20
2023-Oct-13 636P2+696,0000.22
2023-Oct-06 635P2+690,0000.22
2023-Sep-29 634P2+686,0000.22

Top HBO Shows

1Real Time with Bill Maher609,000-13%
2Curb Your Enthusiasm530,000+56%
3Last Week Tonight with John Oliver450,000+9%


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Jacob Cohen

Dec 16, 2023 19:36 EST

I have cancelled HBO and will never watch another Episode of Bill Maher. His Jew Privilege of weakly vile comments about Muslims and Christians while being an atheist but support the brutal ZIONIST REGIME of Israel is absurd. He can say whatever he wants the second you clap back at him or Ben Shapiro these zionist become unhinged babies. His comparisons to Christians living in Gaza then not is so dishonest but another Zionist ploy. Christians were 15% under muslim rule with equal rights. No churches were destroyed in fact protected for 1000 years. The christians movie to Gaza in 1949-1950 was because Jews murdered 40,000 christians and muslims from mainland Palestine and forced the rest into Gaza and West Bank. Quickly they saw the treatment of Gaza and had the means to leave. Muslims did not. Google jews spitting on christians all over Israel. Ask any christians who is the oppressor. Bill knows this but uses trickery an old ZIONIST PLOY. BOYCOT BILL

Dennis Dennis

Dec 11, 2023 13:44 EST

I was once a huge fan of Bill Maher since Politically Incorrect. Today unfortunately he complains often about the latest Progressive Liberals as being too "woke". You know what that actually means?...they no long laugh at his dated sense of humor. Sadly his lack of growth has taken him down the same antagonistic path as Lenny Bruce. His fragile ego and weed addiction along with his naïveté on certain topics prevents him from ever admitting that he can be wrong at times, or at least admit that he could be. Unlike George Carlin, Bill's narrow mindedness only got worse as he got older. George on the other hand grew wiser and adapted to a changing world. See ya Bill.....

James Arnadale

Dec 5, 2023 21:17 EST

I used to love this guy, I never thought he was particularly funny, but I subscribed to his us vs them attitude. But that's just it innit? He's dividing the US into different strata, providing us a dumbed-down dualistic worldview. His opinions aren't informative or understanding, and don't teach us anything new. He aims to pit us against each other, focusing on infighting rather than working towards something good & positive. The ratings are an indication of this, his team just aren't putting out the good stuff anymore.

Good if you want to slag off at other groups of people, but bad if you want to develop a more empathetic worldview.

larry paglioni

Nov 15, 2023 17:34 EST

Q. what is better .... knowledge or imagination?
Maher delivers a dose of both.
It is much much better than the news shows that simplify present two bald men fighting over a comb.

Bob Flynn

Oct 1, 2023 14:01 EST

It appears he has recruited a studio audience which is more aligned and sympathetic to his self serving views. They seem to laugh or clap(like trained seals) to just about everything he says even if it's not particularly funny. I think Mahers' views are those of a typical wealthy, elitist who's only concerned about people like himself. For the 90% plus middle class, working class or working poor their issues aren't discussed on his show. As a long time viewer of Ŕeal Time, I've noticed his show devolve over the years. He has more B-list guests then ever Mary Katherine Ham and Sam Harris is really scrapping the barrel for a first show back after the writers' strike. It's not the anti-woke crowd which is turning away from his program. Many are not watching because he's an unfunny bore.

Dennis Dennis

Dec 11, 2023 14:00 EST

They're not "recruited", they're mostly fake, well paid, planted audiences that are supplemented by electronic clapping, hooting and other digital overlays... its a total con! Notice you never see the audience, just the back of their heads during the show's intro... to which Bill himself once called them his "loyal studio workers". He has no real audience per say. Once a regular at universities & colleges nationwide, he now resorts to comedy stages for the old and retired. Unlike other comedians, (ie George Carlin etc) Bill's sense of humor (excluding New Rules written by a team of hired professionals) did not grow or change with todays young society. Therefore he's bitter that colleges no longer book him because no one under thirty laughs at his jokes any more. So he angrily calls them "woke" and thinks that's an insult!... lol... when the jokes really on him!


Nov 9, 2023 18:32 EST

Maher is far more than a comedian. The sizable portion of his show is not supposed to be funny. His guests are A Listers that often times only appear on his show - Elon Musk, Bill Bahr, Andrew Cuomo. He has close to a million people watching the broadcost on a permium pay service channel which is 3 times the audience as Meet the Press on free access. It is far more relevant.

David Moore

Apr 24, 2023 11:58 EST

My friends are finally starting to see what I have told them for years, that Bill Maher is a libertarian. This year he is being respectful to the NRA and GOP while blasting "Hollywood" for promoting gun violence.

Libertarianism is a religion for rich white males, those who fancy themselves rich white males, and the women they won.


May 9, 2023 18:50 EST

He just had a podcast stream where he was arguing with Russell Brandon that the right indeed is the more dangerous of the 2 sides even when acknowledging that both sides have extremists. Your assertions are dead wrong.

Stella Thomas

Jan 17, 2023 21:46 EST

This show beats all the others. One of the reasons it is underrated, is because the subjects can be appreciated only by a sophisticated audience of intellectuals. It strives to show differing points of views on trendy topics. Towards that end guests are invited from opposing spectrum. The objective is to find truth, to sift facts from fiction, clouded by emotions. Controversial topics of the day are hashed out in a humorous way. This makes the ideas which may be difficult to assimilate, palatable to the general public. This show, therefore, is besides being entertaining, educational. The show therefore has segments of humour, debate, interviews with prominent guests, and a personalised editorial by the host on controversial topics. I give 5 ***** for this show.


Mar 6, 2023 14:11 EST

"To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Bill Maher. The humor is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics and international relations, most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer's head. There's also Bill's nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterization- his personal philosophy draws heavily from Narodnaya Volya literature, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these jokes, to realize that they're not just funny- they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Bill Maher truly ARE idiots- of course, they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the humor in Rick's existential catchphrase "New Rule," which itself is a cryptic reference to Turgenev's Russian epic Fathers and Sons. I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Bill Maher's genius wit unfolds itself on their television screens. What fools.. how I pity them."

That's what you sound like.

William R. Root

Mar 31, 2024 09:22 EST

Pandering to remain relevant, seems to be your only strength Bill.And that depends on which way the winds of change are blowing, not any strong convictions you hold. Only what will keep your name in what we foolishly call the "NEWS" today, and give reason to visit your bank more often:)! In other words, you've become a "SELLOUT"!

tom dallin

Mar 19, 2024 17:10 EST

Yeah ,he was a real intellect in his movies House 2 and Pizza man. LOL


Aug 7, 2022 02:29 EST

Sorry, Bill, once a devout fan and show attendee now have turned you off forever. Beating up on the so called woke people, hated toward fat people, and frequent misogynistic comments. Now you say things like wearing as mask violates your personal freedom. Well guess what Bill, you're not wearing one violates my freedom not to catch your fkn Covid germs! DUH! Supporting you beliefs over citizenship is not the format I supported all these years. And to top it all you blame your loss of audience on the political correct police? What a cop out! So long pal. Sayonara. No longer mi amigo. Go cater to the Ross Limbaugh crowd. I hear they need a new jerk for idolize.


Jun 26, 2023 12:39 EST

Actually your health is your responsibility and no one else's.


Aug 1, 2023 20:49 EST

By that logic, why do we have speed limits, traffic lights, etc as well as laws that protect from physical harm? After all, if someone speeds through your neighborhood and runs you over, it's not his but your responsibility to watch out for your health. That's what you're saying, right? Or does that only apply to Covid and other cases when this sentiment is convenient to you?


Mar 19, 2023 11:37 EST

That isn’t how COVID works and we have known that for about two years.

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