“Rupaul’s Drag Race” may be on a new network, VH1, but it has the same fierce attitude that carried it along for nine frock-filled seasons on Logo. And the channel, which is part of the MTV family, is so happy with the record ratings for the just-concluded tenth edition that it has confirmed the renewals of the reality competition for season 11. VH1 promises more fierce queens and killer lip syncs.
“After 10 sickening seasons, the Drag Race phenomenon is just getting started,” declared executive producer and Emmy Award-winning host RuPaul Charles. “I want to thank VH1 for providing this amazing platform for a whole new generation of super talented drag queens.”
This new season will follow on the most watched in franchise history. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 10 averaged 794,000 P18-49 Live+7 viewers and 1.2 million Live+7 total viewers. “We are thrilled that ‘Drag Race’ will continue to lead the conversation of inclusion and diversity as the show embarks on its eleventh season,” said Pamela Post, SVP Original Programming & Development at VH1. “It’s unprecedented for a show to continue to grow on the scale that ‘Drag Race’ has, and it’s just the beginning.”
Additionally, the network renewed the Emmy-nominated aftershow, “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked,” which provides an intimate look into the conversations between the queens as they await to learn their fate behind the mainstage.
In 2016, RuPaul shocked Emmy pundits by winning Best Reality Show Host on his first nomination. He took down two-time defending champ Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”), as well as past winners Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”) and Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), plus returning nominee Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol”) and another first-timer, Steve Harvey (“Little Big Shots”).
RuPaul repeated last year, taking down Klum & Gunn again as well as Alec Baldwin (“Match Game”), W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell”), Gordon Ramsay (“MasterChef Junior”) and Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg (“Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”).
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