RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 launch of earns the show’s best ratings ever
The season 13 debut of RuPaul’s Drag Race was the most watched in the show’s history, and it dominated the ratings last weekend.
Season 13 of Drag Race premiered on New Year’s Day, with 13 new queens competing for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. Over 1.3 million US viewers turned in, per Deadline.
The episode premiered on Netflix in the UK while it was shown on VH1, The CW, MTV, MTV2, PopTV, and Logo in the US.
This season’s premiere of the long-running series, sometimes called the Olympics of drag, included a major narrative surprise when the whole lineup of hopefuls were required to immediately lip sync for a spot in the competition.
The show’s creator and star, RuPaul, took to Twitter to celebrate the premiere’s high ratings, posting, “HIGHEST RATED #DragRace Premiere Ever” beside a photo of the Pork Chop Loading Dock, where the competitors who had lost the first six lip syncs of the season sat.
Despite being notified they were eliminated after the lip sync round, the bottom seven competitors were left with a cliffhanger at the end of the premiere.
It was revealed towards the end of 2017 that 23-year-old Los Angeles makeup artist Gottmik will be the first transgender male to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Also competing are Kandy Muse, formerly of House of Aja, and Kahmora Hall, the drag sister of season 12 champion Jaida Essence Hall.