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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 June 21, 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 40.035 billion
2 WWE 23.549 billion
3 Ryan ToysReview 22.485 billion
4 NetD Müzik 21.831 billion
5 SET India 19.339 billion
6 PewDiePie 18.078 billion
7 JustinBieberVEVO 17.478 billion
8 Canal KondZilla 17.131 billion
9 Little Baby Bum® 16.931 billion
10 Zee Tv 16.771 billion
11 Get Movies 16.609 billion
12 KatyPerryVEVO 15.790 billion
13 Маша и Медведь 15.717 billion
14 TaylorSwiftVEVO 15.084 billion
15 ABS-CBN Entertainment 15.074 billion
16 El Reino Infantil 15.018 billion
17 ChuChu TV Kids Songs 14.349 billion
18 Movieclips 14.057 billion
19 FunToyzCollector 14.041 billion
20 shakiraVEVO 13.738 billion
21 Ed Sheeran 13.672 billion
22 BuzzFeedVideo 13.418 billion
23 Spinnin' Records 12.997 billion
24 DanTDM 12.958 billion
25 RihannaVEVO 12.829 billion
26 GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL 12.798 billion
27 TheEllenShow 12.745 billion
28 WorkpointOfficial 12.309 billion
29 PopularMMOs 11.337 billion
30 SMTOWN 10.937 billion
31 EminemVEVO 10.904 billion
32 EnriqueIglesiasVEVO 10.900 billion
33 ToyPudding TV 10.785 billion
34 WatchMojo.com 10.659 billion
35 Baby Big Mouth 9.969 billion
36 Super Simple Songs 9.829 billion
37 MalumaVEVO 9.733 billion
38 Zee Music Company 9.726 billion
39 NickyJamTV 9.618 billion
40 jacksepticeye 9.616 billion
41 Markiplier 9.595 billion
42 Movieclips Trailers 9.595 billion
43 jbalvinVEVO 9.575 billion
44 1theK 9.569 billion
45 David Guetta 9.556 billion
46 Fueled By Ramen 9.527 billion
47 Maroon5VEVO 9.423 billion
48 VanossGaming 9.420 billion
49 WORLDSTARHIPHOP 9.401 billion
50 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 9.308 billion
51 Bruno Mars 9.214 billion
52 CalvinHarrisVEVO 9.094 billion
53 As/Is 9.041 billion
54 VEGETTA777 8.995 billion
55 Wave Music 8.985 billion
56 ArianaGrandeVevo 8.791 billion
57 Galinha Pintadinha 8.744 billion
58 LuisFonsiVEVO 8.587 billion
59 CVS 3D Rhymes 8.556 billion
60 Ultra Music 8.507 billion
61 CookieSwirlC 8.454 billion
62 Blu Toys Club Surprise 8.443 billion
63 SAB TV 8.419 billion
64 beyonceVEVO 8.404 billion
65 Eros Now 8.367 billion
66 Family Fun Pack 8.301 billion
67 Ch3Thailand 8.300 billion
68 OneDirectionVEVO 8.121 billion
69 toyorajanahtv 7.836 billion
70 IGN 7.756 billion
71 Wiz Khalifa 7.673 billion
72 LEGO 7.596 billion
73 FGTeeV 7.519 billion
74 Coldplay 7.509 billion
75 Ozuna 7.502 billion
76 Smosh 7.346 billion
77

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7.338 billion
78 Genierock 7.314 billion
79 Atlantic Records 7.286 billion
80 PitbullVEVO 7.273 billion
81 Trap Nation 7.212 billion
82 AdeleVEVO 7.182 billion
83 Colors TV 7.143 billion
84 Disney Channel LA 7.079 billion
85 ChrisBrownVEVO 6.968 billion
86 ChainsmokersVEVO 6.911 billion
87 Speed Records 6.838 billion
88 RsiamMusic 6.809 billion
89 officialpsy 6.792 billion
90 DisneyCarToys 6.747 billion
91 YRF 6.731 billion
92 FBE 6.728 billion
93 stampylonghead 6.709 billion
94 elrubiusOMG 6.673 billion
95 Fernanfloo 6.671 billion
96 Лунтик 6.637 billion
97 GR6 EXPLODE 6.628 billion
98 Turma da Mônica 6.583 billion
99 DisneyMusicVEVO 6.504 billion
100 CollegeHumor 6.492 billion
101 TheWeekndVEVO 6.487 billion
102 Britain's Got Talent 6.458 billion
103 5-Minute Crafts 6.449 billion
104 one31 6.402 billion
105 SelenaGomezVEVO 6.386 billion
106 RomeoSantosVEVO 6.380 billion
107 SiaVEVO 6.329 billion
108 rezendeevil 6.286 billion
109 Jimmy Kimmel Live 6.272 billion
110 GMA Network 6.218 billion
111 FUNnel Vision 6.173 billion
112 CKN Toys 6.123 billion
113 Sony Music India 6.086 billion
114 Mother Goose Club 5.894 billion
115 Linkin Park 5.880 billion
116 avex 5.864 billion
117 enchufetv 5.811 billion
118 AuthenticGames 5.781 billion
119 Major Lazer 5.733 billion
120 ABCkidTV - Nursery Rhymes 5.723 billion
121 Kids TV 5.689 billion
122 TheRichest 5.665 billion
123 HobbyKidsTV 5.655 billion
124 NickiMinajAtVEVO 5.555 billion
125 Rooster Teeth 5.541 billion
126 POPS Kids 5.521 billion
127 LadyGagaVEVO 5.508 billion
128 GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL 5.499 billion
129 Dude Perfect 5.422 billion
130 POPS MUSIC 5.400 billion
131 JenniferLopezVEVO 5.346 billion
132 AviciiOfficialVEVO 5.339 billion
133 Mejores Juguetes 5.310 billion
134 Ultra Bollywood 5.281 billion
135 michaeljacksonVEVO 5.274 billion
136 FifthHarmonyVEVO 5.246 billion
137 Daddy Yankee 5.245 billion
138 Mister Max 5.241 billion
139 Filmi Gaane 5.233 billion
140 The X Factor UK 5.227 billion
141 SonyMusicIndiaVEVO 5.209 billion
142 MeghanTrainorVEVO 5.189 billion
143 Annoying Orange 5.181 billion
144 Rotana 5.138 billion
145 DisneyJuniorUK 5.110 billion
146 hajime 5.080 billion
147 Miss Katy 5.049 billion
148 Teremok TV 5.038 billion
149 Pinkfong! 5.027 billion
150 SQUEEZIE 4.991 billion
151 Jason Derulo 4.977 billion
152 Henrique e Juliano 4.920 billion
153 TheWillyrex 4.900 billion
154 Sesame Street 4.895 billion
155 NBA 4.853 billion
156 SevenSuperGirls 4.834 billion
157 HikakinTV 4.832 billion
158 Cat Music 4.826 billion
159 Videogyan 3D Rhymes 4.816 billion
160 MattyBRaps 4.808 billion
161 TotoyKids 4.806 billion
162 Marília Mendonça 4.774 billion
163 ShawnMendesVEVO 4.755 billion
164 BBC 4.747 billion
165 Fischer's 4.743 billion
166 Kan & Aki's CHANNEL 4.741 billion
167 FailArmy 4.741 billion
168 MBCentertainment 4.731 billion
169 KBS World TV 4.708 billion
170 ImagineDragonsVEVO 4.697 billion
171 RomanAtwoodVlogs 4.689 billion
172 Just4fun290 4.679 billion
173 Charlie Puth 4.673 billion
174 Gallina Pintadita 4.667 billion
175 Skrillex 4.627 billion
176 Team Coco 4.586 billion
177 KanalD 4.585 billion
178 BIGBANG 4.561 billion
179 Kids Line 4.525 billion
180 NoCopyrightSounds 4.500 billion
181 Kontor.TV 4.476 billion
182 Inside Edition 4.475 billion
183 Good Mythical Morning 4.453 billion
184 The Late Late Show with James Corden 4.438 billion
185 Барбоскины 4.428 billion
186 Jake Paul 4.427 billion
187 DrakeVEVO 4.392 billion
188 NaoFun Toys 4.386 billion
189 Machinima 4.383 billion
190 rsfriends 4.376 billion
191 Mother Goose Club Playhouse 4.346 billion
192 Saturday Night Live 4.346 billion
193 T-Series Apna Punjab 4.321 billion
194 musicalrmastv 4.319 billion
195 BritneySpearsVEVO 4.300 billion
196 jypentertainment 4.265 billion
197 EllieGouldingVEVO 4.258 billion
198 KSI 4.243 billion
199 The Young Turks 4.241 billion
200 Vat19 4.227 billion
201 Toy Trains 4u 4.194 billion
202 Badabun 4.187 billion
203 Guava Juice 4.173 billion
204 Pocoyo 4.160 billion
205 Pina Records 4.154 billion
206 RickyMartinVEVO 4.148 billion
207 Alan Walker 4.129 billion
208 GameGrumps 4.126 billion
209 Rajshri 4.097 billion
210 fixiki 4.091 billion
211 JesseAndMike 4.081 billion
212 Goldmines Telefilms 4.064 billion
213 DemiLovatoVEVO 4.057 billion
214 Hear This Music 4.052 billion
215 Boyce Avenue 4.043 billion
216 Porta dos Fundos 4.039 billion
217 Mnet K-POP 4.022 billion
218 CNCOVEVO 4.001 billion
219 Just For Laughs Gags 3.989 billion
220 PinkVEVO 3.978 billion
221 BuzzFeedBlue 3.956 billion
222 ABC News 3.946 billion
223 SamSmithWorldVEVO 3.897 billion
224 Shemaroo 3.868 billion
225 Antena 3 3.860 billion
226 Barcroft TV 3.856 billion
227 Tips Official 3.835 billion
228 YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon 3.810 billion
229 nigahiga 3.795 billion
230 BillionSurpriseToys 3.780 billion
231 packattack04082 3.756 billion
232 shane 3.756 billion
233 Logan Paul Vlogs 3.753 billion
234 TheEngineeringFamily 3.751 billion
235 LittleBabyBum ® Español 3.744 billion
236 Adam 3.731 billion
237 TuTiTuTV 3.731 billion
238 OneRepublicVEVO 3.727 billion
239 BlackEyedPeasVEVO 3.727 billion
240 LooLooKids - Nursery Rhymes 3.723 billion
241 ArkivaShqip 3.716 billion
242 MrSuicideSheep 3.702 billion
243 DaniRep 3.696 billion
244 SSundee 3.679 billion
245 toycantando 3.671 billion
246 Gaane Sune Ansune 3.671 billion
247 MBCkpop 3.661 billion
248 Stone Music Entertainment 3.646 billion
249 Felipe Neto 3.641 billion
250 eltrece 3.639 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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