A video view is when someone clicks and views a YouTube video for a certain length of time. This is based off of YouTube's current algorithm, where a "view" on a video is based on retention time. Prior to 2012, the YouTube algorithm was based on a view bases, where even clicking on a video for even as short as a second counted as a view for that video. However, in 2012, YouTube's algorithm shifted to where views were based on retention time and watch minutes. Since this algorithm shift, several YouTube channels have gained millions to even tens of billions of views.
Channels by Viewership
The following is a chart featuring a list of the 250 most viewed YouTube channels, including VEVO channels (Updated August 20, 2018). This list will not include any terminated or deleted channels, nor channels with their view count hidden.
|3||Ryan ToysReview||24.016 billion|
|4||netd müzik||23.380 billion|
|5||SET India||21.715 billion|
|6||Canal KondZilla||18.792 billion|
|9||Little Baby Bum||17.377 billion|
|10||Get Movies||17.174 billion|
|11||ABS-CBN Entertainment||16.683 billion|
|12||Маша и Медведь||16.313 billion|
|14||El Reino Infantil||16.050 billion|
|17||ChuChu TV Kids Songs||15.019 billion|
|19||Ed Sheeran||14.294 billion|
|24||Spinnin' Records||13.322 billion|
|25||GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL||13.320 billion|
|28||Zee TV||12.823 billion|
|30||ToyPudding TV||11.631 billion|
|32||Zee Music Company||11.238 billion|
|37||Wave Music||10.536 billion|
|39||Super Simple Songs||10.362 billion|
|40||Baby Big Mouth||10.330 billion|
|47||Fueled By Ramen||9.823 billion|
|48||David Guetta||9.818 billion|
|50||Movieclips Trailers||9.781 billion|
|51||Family Fun Pack||9.768 billion|
|52||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||9.610 billion|
|53||Bruno Mars||9.497 billion|
|55||Galinha Pintadinha||9.376 billion|
|59||CVS 3D Rhymes||9.216 billion|
|60||SAB TV||9.188 billion|
|63||Ultra Music||8.957 billion|
|66||Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes||8.708 billion|
|67||Blu Toys Club Surprise||8.580 billion|
|68||Eros Now||8.451 billion|
|73||5-Minute Crafts||8.067 billion|
|74||Colors TV||8.065 billion|
|80||Trap Nation||7.615 billion|
|81||Atlantic Records||7.569 billion|
|82||Speed Records||7.558 billion|
|88||GR6 EXPLODE||7.337 billion|
|91||CKN Toys||7.184 billion|
|94||GMA Network||7.097 billion|
|97||Turma da Mônica||6.904 billion|
|106||Britain's Got Talent||6.675 billion|
|108||FUNnel Vision||6.642 billion|
|112||Jimmy Kimmel Live||6.512 billion|
|114||Sony Music India||6.482 billion|
|115||POPS Kids||6.375 billion|
|116||Shemaroo Filmi Gaane||6.245 billion|
|117||GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL||6.213 billion|
|118||Linkin Park||6.113 billion|
|120||Kids TV||6.075 billion|
|122||Mother Goose Club||5.979 billion|
|125||Dude Perfect||5.968 billion|
|126||Ultra Bollywood||5.964 billion|
|127||Major Lazer||5.864 billion|
|131||POPS MUSIC||5.703 billion|
|132||Mister Max||5.661 billion|
|133||Daddy Yankee||5.648 billion|
|135||Rooster Teeth||5.606 billion|
|138||Miss Katy||5.561 billion|
|139||Mejores Juguetes||5.559 billion|
|146||The X Factor UK||5.316 billion|
|147||Annoying Orange||5.315 billion|
|150||Inside Edition||5.269 billion|
|153||Kids Line||5.215 billion|
|155||Teremok TV||5.199 billion|
|157||Marília Mendonça||5.143 billion|
|158||Sesame Street||5.127 billion|
|159||T-Series Apna Punjab||5.118 billion|
|160||KBS World TV||5.104 billion|
|161||Henrique e Juliano||5.101 billion|
|163||Jason Derulo||5.089 billion|
|169||Cat Music||4.980 billion|
|170||Videogyan 3D Rhymes||4.960 billion|
|173||Kan & Aki's CHANNEL||4.935 billion|
|175||Charlie Puth||4.916 billion|
|179||Jake Paul||4.841 billion|
|180||Gallina Pintadita||4.819 billion|
|183||Team Coco||4.792 billion|
|186||NaoFun Toys||4.767 billion|
|187||The Late Late Show with James Corden||4.754 billion|
|191||Saturday Night Live||4.641 billion|
|193||Good Mythical Morning||4.597 billion|
|197||Guava Juice||4.527 billion|
|199||Alan Walker||4.507 billion|
|200||Mother Goose Club Playhouse||4.495 billion|
|201||Pina Records||4.494 billion|
|207||The Young Turks||4.344 billion|
|208||Mnet K-POP||4.334 billion|
|210||Tips Official||4.326 billion|
|212||Toy Trains 4u||4.294 billion|
|215||Hear This Music||4.247 billion|
|216||Just For Laughs Gags||4.247 billion|
|217||Felipe Neto||4.247 billion|
|218||La Granja de Zenón||4.224 billion|
|219||ABC News||4.199 billion|
|220||Boyce Avenue||4.183 billion|
|221||Porta dos Fundos||4.175 billion|
|222||LooLoo Kids - Nursery Rhymes||4.173 billion|
|228||Antena 3||4.131 billion|
|231||Barcroft TV||4.079 billion|
|235||T-Series Bhakti Sagar||3.979 billion|
|239||Toys Unlimited||3.901 billion|
|241||Little Baby Bum en Español||3.892 billion|
|242||Gaane Sune Ansune||3.888 billion|
|243||Logan Paul Vlogs||3.881 billion|
|246||YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon||3.851 billion|
Most Viewed Channel History Timeline
Note: emimusic's channel stats were inaccessible from March 2011 to March 2014. Therefore, the date on which it became the most viewed channel is estimated.
Note II: Due to this, RihannaVEVO was recognized by YouTube historians and viewers as the most viewed YouTube channel from March to July 2014. PewDiePie surpassed her Vevo channel on July 19 that year and was considered by most to have the most viewed channel on YouTube, but actually didn't until he surpassed emimusic's channel later that year.
Note III: From 2010-2011, VEVO was listed on the official YouTube charts page as #1 (at one point being listed as having over 100 billion views), but this combined the views from all the VEVO channels. Also in 2010, UMG disappeared from the YT charts page (in similar fashion to emimusic), however, the channel still had the most views.
|Channel||Channel Type||Channel's Country||Date Achieved|
|Smosh||Sketch Comedy||United States||Early 2006|
|Judson Laipply||Vlog||United States||May-July 2006|
|Smosh||Sketch Comedy||United States||Late 2006|
|CBS||Television And Film||United States||Early 2007|
|Universal Music Group||Music||United States||July-August 2007|
|Machinima||Gaming||United States||February 16, 2013|
|emimusic||Music||United States||Around March 8, 2013|
|PewDiePie||Entertainment||Sweden||December 29, 2014|
|T-Series||Music And Film||India||
February 14, 2017
Details About Most Viewed Channels Timeline
The first recorded most viewed channel on YouTube was Smosh. In the first half of 2006, Smosh became YouTube's most subscribed and most viewed channel, aside from their comedy and music sketches, was mostly due to the success of their "Pokemon Theme Music Video".
However, the channel was surpassed by Judson Laipply's in the middle of the same year as his "Evolution of Dance" propelled him to the top of the most viewed and most subscribed channels on YouTube. Similar to Smosh's Pokemon Theme Music Video, it also experienced a reign as YouTube's most viewed video.
Smosh overtook him afterwards as unlike Laipply, was begining to become more consistent on their YouTube channel but by posting more sketches, mostly comedy. Smosh holds the record as being the most viewed channel the most amount of times which is two.
However, CBS' high abundance of videos at a consistent rate on their YouTube channel which included television and news from America's most watched network overtook Smosh in the early part of the next year and became the first channel to reach 100 million views. Arvil Lavinge's "Girlfriend" became the first video to reach that number in August the same year, making the last milestone where a YouTube video hit the same view count than a YouTube channel as a whole did in the same year.
Vevo since then, specifially since 2012, has had their "VEVO certified award", awarded to Vevo artists who has videos which exceeds 100 million views.
CBS' reign and it's glory of historically proclaiming the title of being the first channel to reach 100 million views was short lived however. Universal Music Group surpassed the channel around the same time the first YouTube video reached 100 million views.
The channel had gained popularity on YouTube in just it's first year of existence by posting some of the top music videos at the time, even peaking as YouTube's second most subscribed channel by the end of that year, a feat and achievement no other music channel would reach on YouTube until JustinBieberVEVO did so on December 2, 2017.
For nearly six years, Universal Music Group held the top title which is the longest reign a channel has ever been the most viewed. During it's reign, it was the first channel to reach one to six billion views but due to a view purge of the channel shortly after Valentine's day 2013, Machinima took the title who at the time had recently hit 4 billion total video views on YouTube.
Becoming the first gaming channel to reach the milestone, Machinima still managed to lose the most viewed channel title to emimusic less than a month later as though gaming had an increasing presence on YouTube and online culture in general, music was and still is more of a global phenomenon.
Since UMG's view purge happened, no channel had reached it's peak until emimusic surpassed UMG in most views ever on YouTube which was close to 7 billion, the only billion milestone they gained during their reign, doing so on November 25, 2014.
The gears shifted then again however as PewDiePie, the first channel to become the most viewed during it's most subscribed reign since Smosh's first reign, the first and only post-2006 channel to become the most viewed and the third non company channel to have the most viewed channel on YouTube behind Judson Laipply and Smosh, surpassed emimusic towards the end of 2014 at around 7.2 billion views to have the most viewed YouTube channel of all time. By then, PewDiePie was already YouTube's biggest star, having 11 million more than the second most subscribed channel.
PewDiePie, whose channel was the first country other than America to become YouTube's most viewed channel became the first channel to reach eight to fourteen billion video views, surpassing UMG's record as getting the most views as the most viewed channel, until T-Series surpassed him on YouTube's 12th anniversary, Valentine's Day of 2017, when both were near 15 billion views, becoming the first Hindi and non English speaking YouTube channel to become the most viewed.
So far, T-Series' views has more than doubled since becoming the most viewed channel, surpassing PewDiePie as gaining the most views as the most viewed channel and UMG as having the most view gap to any other channel, which was over 5 billion achieved in the middle of it's reign, in August 2017.
T-Series has since become the fastest growing YouTube channel in views, even holding the record for the YouTube channel to gain the most views in a day, which was 90,908,347 views gained on March 1, 2018.
Where Most Viewed YouTube Channels Are Today
- Smosh now sits as the 70th most viewed channel of all time after flip flopping in and out of the top ten most viewed YouTube channels from 2006 to 2014. In 2015, it got out of the top twenty after being surpassed by TheEllenShow for the twentieth spot.
- Universal Music Group has tens of thousands of channels with more views than them since it's video and view purge.
- Machinima has over five billion views but is far from as watched or subscribed to as it was before.
- emimusic became the second music and second overall channel that has been the most viewed to have a view purge, doing so in November 2016. Peaking at over eight billion views, the channel's views dropped under three billion, now having slighly over 3 billion.
- PewDiePie has dropped down to the sixth most viewed channel. His channel's view growth has dropped down signifcantly since mid 2017 and many other channels seem to have gotten a better view gain than him but he still remains in one of the fastest growing channels in views, even surpassing JustinBieberVEVO in views at around 16.752 billion views in early New Years Day of 2018 after his monthly view gain increased some.
- Due to T-Series becoming the fastest growing YouTube channel in views, it has become one of the fastest growing in subscribers of all time as well.