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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.

Rank Channel View Count
1 T-Series 45.630 billion
2 WWE 25.540 billion
3 Ryan ToysReview 24.016 billion
4 netd müzik 23.380 billion
5 SET India 21.715 billion
6 Canal KondZilla 18.792 billion
7 PewDiePie 18.625 billion
8 JustinBieberVEVO 17.725 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
13 KatyPerryVEVO 16.130 billion
14 El Reino Infantil 16.050 billion
15 Movieclips 15.982 billion
16 TaylorSwiftVEVO 15.379 billion
17 ChuChu TV Kids Songs 15.019 billion
18 shakiraVEVO 14.370 billion
19 Ed Sheeran 14.294 billion
20 FunToyzCollector 14.152 billion
21 BuzzFeedVideo 13.860 billion
22 WorkpointOfficial 13.637 billion
23 DanTDM 13.444 billion
24 Spinnin' Records 13.322 billion
25 GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL 13.320 billion
26 TheEllenShow 13.244 billion
27 RihannaVEVO 13.038 billion
28 Zee TV 12.823 billion
29 PopularMMOs 11.775 billion
30 ToyPudding TV 11.631 billion
31 SMTOWN 11.418 billion
32 Zee Music Company 11.238 billion
33 EminemVEVO 11.180 billion
34 EnriqueIglesiasVEVO 11.160 billion
35 WatchMojo.com 11.038 billion
36 WORLDSTARHIPHOP 10.675 billion
37 Wave Music 10.536 billion
38 1theK 10.421 billion
39 Super Simple Songs 10.362 billion
40 Baby Big Mouth 10.330 billion
41 NickyJamTV 10.213 billion
42 jbalvinVEVO 10.148 billion
43 Maroon5VEVO 10.118 billion
44 MalumaVEVO 10.019 billion
45 Markiplier 9.961 billion
46 jacksepticeye 9.948 billion
47 Fueled By Ramen 9.823 billion
48 David Guetta 9.818 billion
49 VanossGaming 9.781 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
54 CalvinHarrisVEVO 9.404 billion
55 Galinha Pintadinha 9.376 billion
56 As/Is 9.287 billion
57 VEGETTA777 9.271 billion
58 ArianaGrandeVevo 9.235 billion
59 CVS 3D Rhymes 9.216 billion
60 SAB TV 9.188 billion
61 CookieSwirlC 9.119 billion
62 LuisFonsiVEVO 9.044 billion
63 Ultra Music 8.957 billion
64 Ch3Thailand 8.950 billion
65 BeyoncéVEVO 8.709 billion
66 Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes 8.708 billion
67 Blu Toys Club Surprise 8.580 billion
68 Eros Now 8.451 billion
69 toyoraljanahtv 8.333 billion
70 Ozuna 8.302 billion
71 OneDirectionVEVO 8.239 billion
72 FGTeeV 8.222 billion
73 5-Minute Crafts 8.067 billion
74 Colors TV 8.065 billion
75 LEGO 7.973 billion
76 IGN 7.967 billion
77

Wiz Khalifa

7.889 billion
78 Coldplay 7.784 billion
79 JuegaGerman 7.701 billion
80 Trap Nation 7.615 billion
81 Atlantic Records 7.569 billion
82 Speed Records 7.558 billion
83 Smosh 7.534 billion
84 Genierock 7.524 billion
85 DisneyChannelLA 7.445 billion
86 PitbullVEVO 7.366 billion
87 AdeleVEVO 7.352 billion
88 GR6 EXPLODE 7.337 billion
89 one31 7.323 billion
90 ChainsmokersVEVO 7.188 billion
91 CKN Toys 7.184 billion
92 ChrisBrownVEVO 7.174 billion
93 RsiamMusic 7.145 billion
94 GMA Network 7.097 billion
95 YRF 7.087 billion
96 FBE 6.951 billion
97 Turma da Mônica 6.904 billion
98 Fernanfloo 6.900 billion
99 officialpsy 6.872 billion
100 elrubiusOMG 6.830 billion
101 DisneyMusicVEVO 6.821 billion
102 DisneyCarToys 6.819 billion
103 RomeoSantosVEVO 6.790 billion
104 stampylonghead 6.779 billion
105 Лунтик 6.751 billion
106 Britain's Got Talent 6.675 billion
107 TheWeekndVEVO 6.669 billion
108 FUNnel Vision 6.642 billion
109 rezendeevil 6.633 billion
110 SelenaGomezVEVO 6.592 billion
111 CollegeHumor 6.567 billion
112 Jimmy Kimmel Live 6.512 billion
113 SiaVEVO 6.503 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
119 avex 6.110 billion
120 Kids TV 6.075 billion
121 enchufetv 6.051 billion
122 Mother Goose Club 5.979 billion
123 SonyMusicIndiaVEVO 5.973 billion
124 AuthenticGames 5.972 billion
125 Dude Perfect 5.968 billion
126 Ultra Bollywood 5.964 billion
127 Major Lazer 5.864 billion
128 TheRichest 5.816 billion
129 HobbyKidsTV 5.788 billion
130 NickiMinajAtVEVO 5.731 billion
131 POPS MUSIC 5.703 billion
132 Mister Max 5.661 billion
133 Daddy Yankee 5.648 billion
134 Badabun 5.638 billion
135 Rooster Teeth 5.606 billion
136 Rotana 5.594 billion
137 JenniferLopezVEVO 5.571 billion
138 Miss Katy 5.561 billion
139 Mejores Juguetes 5.559 billion
140 Pinkfong! 5.542 billion
141 LadyGagaVEVO 5.529 billion
142 michaeljacksonVEVO 5.522 billion
143 AviciiOfficialVEVO 5.518 billion
144 FifthHarmonyVEVO 5.344 billion
145 DisneyJuniorUK 5.324 billion
146 The X Factor UK 5.316 billion
147 Annoying Orange 5.315 billion
148 hajime 5.310 billion
149 MeghanTrainorVEVO 5.296 billion
150 Inside Edition 5.269 billion
151 Fischer's 5.263 billion
152 SQUEEZIE 5.243 billion
153 Kids Line 5.215 billion
154 TotoyKids 5.202 billion
155 Teremok TV 5.199 billion
156 SevenSuperGirls 5.163 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
162 MBCentertainment 5.091 billion
163 Jason Derulo 5.089 billion
164 HikakinTV 5.068 billion
165 ImagineDragonsVEVO 5.034 billion
166 TheWillyrex 5.030 billion
167 ShawnMendesVEVO 5.001 billion
168 BillionSurpriseToys 4.992 billion
169 Cat Music 4.980 billion
170 Videogyan 3D Rhymes 4.960 billion
171 KanalD 4.958 billion
172 NBA 4.950 billion
173 Kan & Aki's CHANNEL 4.935 billion
174 musicalrmastv 4.929 billion
175 Charlie Puth 4.916 billion
176 MattyBRaps 4.912 billion
177 BBC 4.889 billion
178 FailArmy 4.856 billion
179 Jake Paul 4.841 billion
180 Gallina Pintadita 4.819 billion
181 NoCopyrightSounds 4.811 billion
182 DrakeVEVO 4.808 billion
183 Team Coco 4.792 billion
184 Just4fun290 4.788 billion
185 RomanAtwoodVlogs 4.770 billion
186 NaoFun Toys 4.767 billion
187 The Late Late Show with James Corden 4.754 billion
188 BIGBANG 4.708 billion
189 Skrillex 4.700 billion
190 jypentertainment 4.662 billion
191 Saturday Night Live 4.641 billion
192 Rajshri 4.601 billion
193 Good Mythical Morning 4.597 billion
194 Shemaroo 4.560 billion
195 Kontor.TV 4.555 billion
196 rsfriends 4.528 billion
197 Guava Juice 4.527 billion
198 Барбоскины 4.515 billion
199 Alan Walker 4.507 billion
200 Mother Goose Club Playhouse 4.495 billion
201 Pina Records 4.494 billion
202 JesseAndMike 4.492 billion
203 Vat19 4.439 billion
204 KSI 4.399 billion
205 BritneySpearsVEVO 4.392 billion
206 Machinima 4.355 billion
207 The Young Turks 4.344 billion
208 Mnet K-POP 4.334 billion
209 EllieGouldingVEVO 4.332 billion
210 Tips Official 4.326 billion
211 Pocoyo 4.310 billion
212 Toy Trains 4u 4.294 billion
213 GameGrumps 4.271 billion
214 RickyMartinVEVO 4.257 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
223 DemiLovatoVEVO 4.166 billion
224 shane 4.163 billion
225 fixiki 4.159 billion
226 BuzzFeedBlue 4.145 billion
227 eltrece 4.138 billion
228 Antena 3 4.131 billion
229 CNCOVEVO 4.128 billion
230 PinkVEVO 4.080 billion
231 Barcroft TV 4.079 billion
232 SamSmithWorldVEVO 4.055 billion
233 toycantando 4.048 billion
234 etvteluguindia 4.029 billion
235 T-Series Bhakti Sagar 3.979 billion
236 selflearningthai 3.954 billion
237 ArkivaShqip 3.933 billion
238 packattack04082 3.931 billion
239 Toys Unlimited 3.901 billion
240 TheEngineeringFamily 3.894 billion
241 Little Baby Bum en Español 3.892 billion
242 Gaane Sune Ansune 3.888 billion
243 Logan Paul Vlogs 3.881 billion
244 MrSuicideSheep 3.873 billion
245 OneRepublicVEVO 3.872 billion
246 YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon 3.851 billion
247 DaniRep 3.847 billion
248 MBCkpop 3.847 billion
249 nigahiga 3.845 billion
250 Ali-A 3.821 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.
  • CBS hit 1 billion views on YouTube in late 2017 although hundreds of channels have before it.
  • 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.

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