It’s official: RuPaul’s Drag Race will return for a 10th season.
Not that there was much doubt since the glamorous reality competition is more popular than ever.
‘As we celebrate a Decade of Drag, we’ll continue to tell universal stories of the tenacity of the human spirit,’ RuPaul said in a statement about the series’ renewal.
‘Now more than ever, we rely on the power of love, laughter and creativity to combat fear and darkness.’
The season nine premiere of the show last month was the highest-rated episode in franchise history.
Nearly 1 million viewers tuned in – double last season’s premiere episode.
Among the contributing factors: Lady Gaga as a guest judge, the show moving from Logo to VH1 and airing on Friday instead of Monday, and a massive social media presence.
Chris McCarthy, President of VH1, MTV and Logo says in a statement: ‘It’s been amazing to see the show get its highest season ever on a whole new night on a whole new network. We brought in a whole new set of audience that is loving the show.’
Along with the surge in ratings has come more respect. Last fall, RuPaul won his first Emmy for Outstanding Host of a Reality Competition Series.