RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 Becomes Highest-Rated Ever! Now Let’s Do Something About Racism!

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 finale (Image: Screengrab)

Mama Ru’s Drag Race has been gracing television screens around the world for a decade and it isn’t going anywhere soon. RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 has become the highest rated in the series! Now, if only the community can get rid of the racism certain queens have to experience.

I am glad to know RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 saw the best numbers among the 18-49 key demo and total viewership during its run. I enjoyed the latest season and I am looking forward to more. Even though RuPaul does experience some controversy from time to time, Drag Race continues to be an important show in pop culture and the politics surrounding LGBTQIA+ rights.

According to the breakdown, the tenth season’s finale was down 2% from last years. However, the overall demo ratings increased 10% compared to the ninth season with an average of 0.55. The latest season also averaged 469,000 viewers in the demo (a 6% increase) with an overall viewership of 723,000 (a 2% increase). These numbers have officially helped the tenth season to become the most-watched since the series began airing. Surprising no one, VH1 has already greenlit the main show for an eleventh season. Another season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked has also been greenlit.

The series is produced by World of Wonder Production. WoW’s Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato serve as executive producers with Tom Campbell, Mandy Salangsang, RuPaul Charles, and Steven Corfe. Tim Palazzola and Pamela Post serve as executive producers for VH1.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 finale aired on June 28, 2018. Asia, Aquaria, Eureka, and Kameron Michaels fought for the crown with Aquaria winning at the end. The finale also celebrated a decade of Drag Race by inviting the queens who participated in the first season.

A lot happened in the tenth season, especially with drag queen The Vixen. Her opinions polarized members of the audience. However, whether you agree with her or not, her opinions about the way people of color (especially African-Americans) are depicted in media and the resulting audience reaction they receive is true. You might not like her tone, but she has a point. Both subtle and obvious racism exists in the Drag Race fandom and I appreciate queens like The Vixen and many others addressing this unfortunate issue.

Heck! Racism has always been a horrible part of the queer community. Ryan Murphy’s new TV show Pose also throws light on this issue. Here’s to hoping the queer community continues learning and is able to grow better at accepting everyone.

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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