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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Made History for the Franchise with Record Viewership for Season 13 Premiere!

RuPaul’s Drag Race is making history in season 13!

The Emmy-winning series just had its most-watched episode in the history of the franchise with the season 13 premiere, which was viewed by 1.3 million total viewers, according to Deadline.

The VH1 series was simulcasted on many networks in the Viacom family, including The CW, MTV, MTV2, PopTV, and Logo. The full simulcast achieved 1.3 million viewers while 525,00 viewers watched on VH1.

The CW had 478,000 viewers, MTV had 111,000 viewers, PopTV had 116,000 viewers, Logo had 58,000 viewers, and MTV2 brought in 27,000 viewers.

The net viewership number marks a 1% improvement over the season 12 premiere numbers.

Fans were so excited by the song that the drag queens had to lip sync to during the battle at the end of the premiere episode and it made the song’s artist trend on Twitter.

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 13 Cast Revealed, Including a Groundbreaking Contestant!

VH1 has announced the cast of the upcoming 13th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which will kick off on New Year’s Day 2021.

The full season was shot during late summer 2020 and COVID-19 protocols were used to safely complete the season.

“Competing safely and fiercely, our 13 queens proved that it takes more than a global pandemic to keep a good queen down,” Emmy-winning host and executive producer RuPaul said in a statement.

The cast will include the first out trans man to compete on the show!

Click inside for descriptions of all the cast members… More Here! »

Dolly Parton Gets in a Hilarious Dig at RuPaul & It's Going Viral!

Dolly Parton is poking fun at RuPaul.

The 74-year-old “Jolene” music legend and the 60-year-old RuPaul’s Drag Race host had a conversation as part of the December 2020 issue of Marie Claire.

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During the chat, they discussed maintaining their appearance.

“That’s the thing: There are similarities in what we do, but I take all that stuff off,” RuPaul said.

“Well, I don’t. I have to always stay ready—street ready, I always say. I have to keep my makeup on and keep my hair done. Like, when I’m in L.A.—I’ve told you about it—if it’s going to earthquake, if we get an earthquake, I’m not running out in the street looking like you look now,” Dolly sassed.

Fans on social media quickly took notice of the playful jab, and it’s since gone viral everywhere.

In related news, Barack Obama revealed he has a regret involving Dolly Parton.

RuPaul Breaks Record with Fifth Emmy Win for Hosting 'Drag Race,' Dedicates Win to Late Chi Chi DeVayne

RuPaul is making herstory at the Emmys!

The 59-year-old RuPaul’s Drag Race host won the award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program for the fifth year in a row at the 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday (September 19).

RuPual has broken the record for the most victories in the category’s 13-year history.

In his acceptance speech, RuPaul urged fans to get out and vote in the upcoming election.

“Tonight the only political statement I want to make is this: love,” RuPaul said. “Love for our LGBT brother and sisters, love for Black queens and brown queens and love for the United States of America. The time has come for you to vote for your lives.”

RuPaul ended his acceptance speech while dedicating the award to Chi Chi DeVayne, the season eight queen who sadly died last month.

“I’d like to dedicate this Emmy to one of my girls, Chi Chi DeVayne,” RuPaul said. “May you rest in power and perfection.”

RuPaul beat out fellow nominees Nicole Byer for Nailed It!, Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman for Making It, the cast of Shark Tank, and the cast of Queer Eye.

Condragulations RuPaul!

RuPaul Issues Statement Following the Death of 'Drag Race' Star Chi Chi DeVayne

RuPaul is speaking out.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race host issued a statement following the tragic news of Drag Race star Chi Chi DeVayne‘s death on Thursday (August 20).

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Chi Chi sadly died at the age of 34 following a battle with pneumonia.

“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Chi Chi DeVayne. I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all. On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I extend my deepest sympathy – from our family to hers,” RuPaul said in a statement.

Our thoughts are with Chi Chi‘s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time. Here’s what fellow Drag Race stars said…

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Renewed for Season 13 & 'All Stars' Season 6!

RuPaul’s Drag Race isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

The long-running drag reality TV competition series is being renewed at VH1, it was announced on Thursday (August 20).

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Drag Race is renewed for Season 13, while the All Stars edition of the show will return for Season 6, TVLine reported. The accompanying after-show, Untucked, will also continue on both shows.

The casts and premiere dates for upcoming seasons will be announced “in the coming months.”

“Drag queens have been on the front lines of many challenging times in our history. RuPaul’s Drag Race [Season] 13, All Stars 6 and new seasons of Untucked will offer more opportunities for our queens to rise to the occasion and spread the love,” Ru said in a statement.

There’s another international edition of Drag Race coming very soon, too. Find out which country is getting the show!

'Drag Race Holland' Is Launching in 2020!

The RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise is expanding!

World of Wonder announced on Sunday (July 26) that the Drag Race franchise is expanding internationally once again with Drag Race Holland, available in the United States on WOW’s streaming service, WOW Presents Plus, later in 2020.

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Viewers in the Netherlands will also be able to watch the series exclusively on RTL’s SVOD platform, Videoland.

The series will feature “ten incredible Dutch drag queens who take part in weekly challenges, where the bottom two face-off against each other in a legendary lip-synch battle for a chance to remain in the competition. The judges and guest judge line-up will be announced in the weeks to come.”

“I am proud to announce that my beloved Drag Race is coming to you. And with a brand-new host…More info coming soon, so you better watch!” RuPaul said in a statement.

RuPaul herself has gone absent from social media recently.

Check out the announcement…