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 200 most viewed YouTube channels, including VEVO channels (Updated November 24, 2017). This list will not include any terminated or deleted channels.
|3||NetD Muzik||17.087 billion|
|4||Ryan ToysReview||16.899 billion|
|7||Little Baby Bum®||15.065 billion|
|9||Get Movies||14.092 billion|
|11||Маша и Медведь||13.547 billion|
|13||SET India||12.344 billion|
|16||El Reino Infantil||11.872 billion|
|17||Spinnin' Records||11.730 billion|
|19||ChuChu TV Kids Songs||11.477 billion|
|22||GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL||11.159 billion|
|23||Canal KondZilla||11.025 billion|
|24||Family Fun Pack||11.005 billion|
|25||ABS-CBN Entertainment||10.618 billion|
|28||Ed Sheeran||9.876 billion|
|34||Movieclips Trailers||8.929 billion|
|35||David Guetta||8.918 billion|
|36||Baby Big Mouth||8.870 billion|
|38||Fueled By Ramen||8.566 billion|
|43||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||8.222 billion|
|45||ToyPudding TV||8.064 billion|
|48||BluCollection ToyCollector||7.944 billion|
|49||Super Simple Songs||7.895 billion|
|54||Bruno Mars||7.785 billion|
|59||Thai TV3 Official||7.198 billion|
|60||Ultra Music||7.092 billion|
|62||Wiz Khalifa||6.900 billion|
|64||Galinha Pintadinha||6.863 billion|
|68||Zee Music Company||6.527 billion|
|69||Coldplay Official||6.486 billion|
|70||Eros Now||6.481 billion|
|75||CVS 3D Rhymes||6.351 billion|
|79||Disney Channel LA||6.054 billion|
|82||Atlantic Records||5.996 billion|
|84||DCTC Toy Channel||5.948 billion|
|89||Britain's Got Talent||5.817 billion|
|90||Trap Nation||5.803 billion|
|97||Mother Goose Club||5.531 billion|
|99||Mister Max||5.529 billion|
|102||Miss Katy||5.382 billion|
|103||Rooster Teeth||5.243 billion|
|104||SAB TV||5.238 billion|
|105||Jimmy Kimmel Live||5.225 billion|
|112||Linkin Park||5.015 billion|
|114||Colors TV||4.979 billion|
|116||Turma da Mônica||4.966 billion|
|118||The X Factor UK||4.914 billion|
|123||Wave Music||4.731 billion|
|125||Annoying Orange||4.691 billion|
|126||Sony Music India||4.679 billion|
|127||FUNnel Vision||4.624 billion|
|128||Disney Junior UK||4.558 billion|
|131||Kids Tv||4.485 billion|
|132||POPS Music||4.468 billion|
|133||Jason Derulo||4.375 billion|
|134||Mejores Juguetes||4.364 billion|
|135||Cat Music||4.355 billion|
|141||ช่อง one||4.322 billion|
|143||Tеремок ТВ||4.273 billion|
|145||Speed Records||4.234 billion|
|146||DisneyTopToys Tototoykids||4.222 billion|
|149||Henrique e Juliano||4.191 billion|
|153||Sesame Street||4.170 billion|
|154||Dude Perfect||4.169 billion|
|155||Videogyan 3D Rhymes||4.152 billion|
|156||GR6 EXPLODE||4.140 billion|
|165||Team Coco||3.956 billion|
|166||Like Nastya||3.908 billion|
|168||The Young Turks||3.891 billion|
|171||Mother Goose Club Playhouse||3.799 billion|
|172||Good Mythical Morning||3.794 billion|
|174||GMM GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL||3.769 billion|
|175||GMA Network||3.753 billion|
|177||Charlie Puth||3.734 billion|
|179||YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon||3.692 billion|
|182||Marília Mendonça||3.666 billion|
|188||The Late Late Show with James Corden||3.590 billion|
|190||Sky Does Minecraft||3.569 billion|
|192||Kids Line||3.548 billion|
|193||Daddy Yankee||3.545 billion|
|194||Surprise Eggs unboxing toys||3.538 billion|
|195||CKN Toys||3.536 billion|
|196||Porta dos Fundos||3.530 billion|
|200||Nao DisneyToys||3.458 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||Gaming||Sweden||December 27, 2014|
|T-Series||Music And Film||India||February 14, 2017|
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 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 100,000,000 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 100,000,000 views.
CBS' reign and it's glory of historically proclaiming the title of being the first channel to reach 100,000,000 views was short lived however. Universal Music Group surpassed the channel around the same time the first YouTube video reached 100,000,000 views.
The channel had gained popularity on YouTube in just it's first year of existence by posting 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 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 channel during it's most subscribed subscribed reign since Smosh's first reign 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 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 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 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 has gained over eleven billion views as 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.
On November 15, 2017, the channel gained over 100 million views in that day alone, making it the only YouTube channel to get that many views in 24 hours. However, on November 28, 2017, Ed Sheeran's music YouTube channel gained over 200 million views in that day alone, breaking T-Series's record as the YouTube channel to get the most views in a day, meaning that T-Series does have some competion.
- 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 now has under three billion.
- PewDiePie has dropped down to the sixth most viewed channel. His channel's view growth has dropped down signifcantly since mid 2017 and 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.