Lady Gaga, VH1 Drag ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ to New TV Ratings Record

Former Logo series hauls in nearly 1 million total viewers with Season 9 premiere

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” just reached its largest audience ever, thanks to a Lady Gaga guest spot and the show’s move to VH1.

Friday’s Season 9 premiere hauled in 987,000 total viewers, a new series record. That sum doubled its Season 8 premiere and tripled VH1’s time slot average.

“Drag Race” used to air on Logo.

The show also broke its own Twitter engagement record, per Nielsen Social Content Ratings, trending worldwide throughout the telecast.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Mandy Salangsang and RuPaul Charles serving as executive producers. Tim Palazzola serves as executive producer for Logo.

The series airs Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET on VH1. This week, Lisa Kudrow and the B-52s will appear.