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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 July 18, 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 42.376 billion
2 WWE 24.308 billion
3 Ryan ToysReview 23.136 billion
4 netd müzik 22.473 billion
5 SET India 20.470 billion
6 PewDiePie 18.298 billion
7 Canal KondZilla 17.872 billion
8 Zee TV 17.827 billion
9 JustinBieberVEVO 17.584 billion
10 Little Baby Bum® 17.138 billion
11 Get Movies 16.893 billion
12 Маша и Медведь 15.987 billion
13 KatyPerryVEVO 15.946 billion
14 ABS-CBN Entertainment 15.797 billion
15 El Reino Infantil 15.463 billion
16 TaylorSwiftVEVO 15.218 billion
17 Movieclips 14.873 billion
18 ChuChu TV Kids Songs 14.645 billion
19 FunToyzCollector 14.080 billion
20 shakiraVEVO 14.039 billion
21 Ed Sheeran 13.959 billion
22 BuzzFeedVideo 13.633 billion
23 DanTDM 13.167 billion
24 Spinnin' Records 13.138 billion
25 GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL 13.013 billion
26 TheEllenShow 12.963 billion
27 RihannaVEVO 12.921 billion
28 WorkpointOfficial 12.910 billion
29 PopularMMOs 11.543 billion
30 ToyPudding TV 11.160 billion
31 SMTOWN 11.143 billion
32 EminemVEVO 11.025 billion
33 EnriqueIglesiasVEVO 11.019 billion
34 WatchMojo.com 10.815 billion
35 Zee Music Company 10.368 billion
36 Baby Big Mouth 10.126 billion
37 Super Simple Songs 10.053 billion
38 WORLDSTARHIPHOP 9.974 billion
39 1theK 9.967 billion
40 NickyJamTV 9.917 billion
41 MalumaVEVO 9.870 billion
42 jbalvinVEVO 9.831 billion
43 jacksepticeye 9.773 billion
44 Markiplier 9.772 billion
45 Maroon5VEVO 9.748 billion
46 Movieclips Trailers 9.669 billion
47 Fueled By Ramen 9.660 billion
48 Wave Music 9.659 billion
49 David Guetta 9.657 billion
50 VanossGaming 9.584 billion
51 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 9.427 billion
52 Bruno Mars 9.341 billion
53 CalvinHarrisVEVO 9.236 billion
54 Family Fun Pack 9.233 billion
55 As/Is 9.153 billion
56 VEGETTA777 9.118 billion
57 Galinha Pintadinha 9.022 billion
58 ArianaGrandeVevo 8.998 billion
59 SAB TV 8.912 billion
60 LuisFonsiVEVO 8.822 billion
61 CVS 3D Rhymes 8.806 billion
62 CookieSwirlC 8.719 billion
63 Ultra Music 8.713 billion
64 Eros Now 8.618 billion
65 BeyoncéVEVO 8.573 billion
66 Ch3Thailand 8.541 billion
67 Blu Toys Club Surprise 8.495 billion
68 OneDirectionVEVO 8.170 billion
69 toyorajanahtv 8.033 billion
70 Ozuna 7.850 billion
71 IGN 7.838 billion
72 FGTeeV 7.827 billion
73 Wiz Khalifa 7.774 billion
74 LEGO 7.758 billion
75 Coldplay 7.624 billion
76 Colors TV 7.536 billion
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7.491 billion
78 Smosh 7.434 billion
79 Atlantic Records 7.412 billion
80 Genierock 7.388 billion
81 Trap Nation 7.381 billion
82 PitbullVEVO 7.311 billion
83 AdeleVEVO 7.257 billion
84 Disney Channel LA 7.229 billion
85 Speed Records 7.174 billion
86 5-Minute Crafts 7.148 billion
87 ChrisBrownVEVO 7.062 billion
88 ChainsmokersVEVO 7.022 billion
89 RsiamMusic 6.966 billion
90 GR6 EXPLODE 6.924 billion
91 FBE 6.829 billion
92 officialpsy 6.826 billion
93 one31 6.787 billion
94 Fernanfloo 6.777 billion
95 DisneyCarToys 6.775 billion
96 YRF 6.758 billion
97 elrubiusOMG 6.748 billion
98 stampylonghead 6.741 billion
99 Turma da Mônica 6.728 billion
100 ABCkidTV - Nursery Rhymes 6.723 billion
101 Лунтик 6.686 billion
102 DisneyMusicVEVO 6.650 billion
103 GMA Network 6.612 billion
104 Britain's Got Talent 6.557 billion
105 CKN Toys 6.548 billion
106 CollegeHumor 6.547 billion
107 TheWeekndVEVO 6.540 billion
108 RomeoSantosVEVO 6.530 billion
109 SelenaGomezVEVO 6.491 billion
110 rezendeevil 6.434 billion
111 SiaVEVO 6.416 billion
112 FUNnel Vision 6.413 billion
113 Jimmy Kimmel Live 6.336 billion
114 Sony Music India 6.268 billion
115 Linkin Park 5.975 billion
116 avex 5.969 billion
117 POPS Kids 5.937 billion
118 Mother Goose Club 5.935 billion
119 enchufetv 5.904 billion
120 AuthenticGames 5.882 billion
121 Kids TV 5.868 billion
122 Major Lazer 5.792 billion
123 GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL 5.771 billion
124 HobbyKidsTV 5.728 billion
125 TheRichest 5.726 billion
126 Shemaroo Filmi Gaane 5.651 billion
127 Dude Perfect 5.635 billion
128 NickiMinajAtVEVO 5.612 billion
129 Rooster Teeth 5.571 billion
130 POPS MUSIC 5.545 billion
131 SonyMusicIndiaVEVO 5.538 billion
132 LadyGagaVEVO 5.473 billion
133 Mister Max 5.466 billion
134 JenniferLopezVEVO 5.457 billion
135 Daddy Yankee 5.440 billion
136 Mejores Juguetes 5.433 billion
137 AviciiOfficialVEVO 5.421 billion
138 Ultra Bollywood 5.413 billion
139 michaeljacksonVEVO 5.383 billion
140 Miss Katy 5.315 billion
141 Rotana 5.295 billion
142 FifthHarmonyVEVO 5.291 billion
143 The X Factor UK 5.267 billion
144 MeghanTrainorVEVO 5.241 billion
145 Annoying Orange 5.236 billion
146 Pinkfong! 5.236 billion
147 DisneyJuniorUK 5.204 billion
148 hajime 5.155 billion
149 SQUEEZIE 5.110 billion
150 Teremok TV 5.106 billion
151 Jason Derulo 5.032 billion
152 Henrique e Juliano 4.995 billion
153 Sesame Street 4.992 billion
154 SevenSuperGirls 4.976 billion
155 TotoyKids 4.968 billion
156 TheWillyrex 4.960 billion
157 Fischer's 4.950 billion
158 Marília Mendonça 4.937 billion
159 Badabun 4.927 billion
160 HikakinTV 4.907 billion
161 MBCentertainment 4.900 billion
162 NBA 4.896 billion
163 Cat Music 4.893 billion
164 KBS World TV 4.893 billion
165 Videogyan 3D Rhymes 4.885 billion
166 ShawnMendesVEVO 4.875 billion
167 Kids Line 4.863 billion
168 MattyBRaps 4.853 billion
169 ImagineDragonsVEVO 4.838 billion
170 Kan & Aki's CHANNEL 4.821 billion
171 BBC 4.807 billion
172 Inside Edition 4.807 billion
173 FailArmy 4.786 billion
174 Charlie Puth 4.779 billion
175 KanalD 4.741 billion
176 Gallina Pintadita 4.733 billion
177 RomanAtwoodVlogs 4.733 billion
178 Just4fun290 4.724 billion
179 Team Coco 4.675 billion
180 Skrillex 4.659 billion
181 T-Series Apna Punjab 4.635 billion
182 NoCopyrightSounds 4.633 billion
183 Jake Paul 4.623 billion
184 BIGBANG 4.613 billion
185 musicalrmastv 4.593 billion
186 NaoFun Toys 4.577 billion
187 The Late Late Show with James Corden 4.572 billion
188 DrakeVEVO 4.559 billion
189 Good Mythical Morning 4.521 billion
190 Kontor.TV 4.511 billion
191 Барбоскины 4.469 billion
192 Saturday Night Live 4.460 billion
193 jypentertainment 4.449 billion
194 rsfriends 4.442 billion
195 Mother Goose Club Playhouse 4.416 billion
196 Machinima 4.387 billion
197 BritneySpearsVEVO 4.340 billion
198 Guava Juice 4.339 billion
199 Goldmines Telefilms 4.336 billion
200 Vat19 4.316 billion
201 Pina Records 4.315 billion
202 KSI 4.308 billion
203 Rajshri 4.306 billion
204 EllieGouldingVEVO 4.294 billion
205 The Young Turks 4.282 billion
206 Alan Walker 4.268 billion
207 JesseAndMike 4.254 billion
208 Toy Trains 4u 4.231 billion
209 Pocoyo 4.229 billion
210 RickyMartinVEVO 4.198 billion
211 BillionSurpriseToys 4.196 billion
212 GameGrumps 4.188 billion
213 Shemaroo 4.164 billion
214 Mnet K-POP 4.163 billion
215 Hear This Music 4.154 billion
216 fixiki 4.120 billion
217 Boyce Avenue 4.101 billion
218 DemiLovatoVEVO 4.100 billion
219 Porta dos Fundos 4.097 billion
220 Just For Laughs Gags 4.097 billion
221 Tips Official 4.088 billion
222 ABC News 4.061 billion
223 CNCOVEVO 4.051 billion
224 BuzzFeedBlue 4.041 billion
225 PinkVEVO 4.020 billion
226 Antena 3 3.989 billion
227 Gaane Sune Ansune 3.985 billion
228 LooLoo Kids - Nursery Rhymes 3.978 billion
229 SamSmithWorldVEVO 3.973 billion
230 Barcroft TV 3.953 billion
231 shane 3.932 billion
232 Felipe Neto 3.870 billion
233 toycantando 3.837 billion
234 packattack04082 3.837 billion
235 eltrece 3.836 billion
236 YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon 3.828 billion
237 Logan Paul Vlogs 3.827 billion
238 nigahiga 3.816 billion
239 ArkivaShqip 3.814 billion
240 TheEngineeringFamily 3.812 billion
241 LittleBabyBum ® Español 3.809 billion
242 OneRepublicVEVO 3.798 billion
243 La Granja de Zenón 3.783 billion
244 etvteluguindia 3.780 billion
245 MrSuicideSheep 3.775 billion
246 BlackEyedPeasVEVO 3.762 billion
247 DaniRep 3.757 billion
248 TuTiTuTV 3.746 billion
249 MBCkpop 3.744 billion
250 SSundee 3.739 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.

See also