‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 9 Is Series’ Most Watched Ever

The reality competition show’s latest finale saw a 218 percent increase over last season

Last Updated: June 26, 2017 @ 4:13 PM

A record number of viewers watched America’s Next Drag Superstar Sasha Velour take home the crown Friday night.

VH1 reported that 859,000 people tuned in to the Season 9 finale, which signaled a 218 percent increase over last season’s finale in the coveted 18-49 demographic.

The full season also saw a significant increase over Season 8, with a 122 percent increase in viewers in the same group.

VH1 also said the show was the highest trending television program on social media Friday, ranking in non-sports, non-news cable categories.

The news comes after a record-setting premiere with special guest star Lady Gaga, which brought in 987,000 total viewers. That sum doubled its Season 8 premiere and tripled VH1’s time slot average.

In case you missed the lip sync extravaganza that was the season 9 finale, Sasha Velour — the quirky, intellectual queen that stunned with an iconic wig-snatching moment — took home the crown, along with $100,000 and the title.

“The world needs drag now more than ever,” said host RuPaul in a statement released following the finale. “Sasha Velour represents the future of drag. Her charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent arouse and inspire a generation of young people to live boldly, act up and paint with all the colors of the rainbow.”

Velour echoed RuPaul’s statements.

“Now more than ever, drag stands as a beacon of joy and strength for queer people,” Velour said.

Season 9 was the first to run on VH1 instead of Logo (both are a part of Viacom). However, the show will be back on Logo during the off-season, with a special “RuVealed” edition of the show, featuring commentary from RuPaul.

Then we have to wait until Season 10 premieres. A date hasn’t been announced yet.

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