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 October 7, 2017).
|5||Ryan ToysReview||16.114 billion|
|6||NetD Muzik||16.051 billion|
|7||Little Baby Bum®||14.522 billion|
|9||Get Movies||13.568 billion|
|11||Маша и Медведь||13.026 billion|
|14||Spinnin' Records||11.423 billion|
|16||SET India||11.244 billion|
|18||El Reino Infantil||11.043 billion|
|20||GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL||10.756 billion|
|22||ChuChu TV Kids Songs||10.722 billion|
|23||Family Fun Pack||10.626 billion|
|25||ABS-CBN Entertainment||9.802 billion|
|26||Canal KondZilla||9.677 billion|
|30||Ed Sheeran||9.143 billion|
|32||Movieclips Trailers||8.776 billion|
|33||David Guetta||8.733 billion|
|34||Baby Big Mouth||8.681 billion|
|36||Fueled By Ramen||8.312 billion|
|43||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||7.907 billion|
|44||BluCollection ToyCollector||7.877 billion|
|51||ToyPudding TV||7.533 billion|
|53||Bruno Mars||7.461 billion|
|54||Super Simple Songs||7.412 billion|
|59||DCTC Toy Channel||7.125 billion|
|61||Toy Freaks||6.897 billion|
|62||Ultra Music||6.894 billion|
|63||Thai TV3 Official||6.861 billion|
|67||Wiz Khalifa||6.710 billion|
|68||Toys and Funny Kids Surprise Eggs||6.698 billion|
|69||Galinha Pintadinha||6.556 billion|
|71||Webs & Tiaras - Toy Monster Compilations||6.397 billion|
|76||Coldplay Official||6.241 billion|
|77||Eros Now||6.090 billion|
|80||Disney Channel LA||5.880 billion|
|82||Atlantic Records||5.853 billion|
|86||CVS 3D Rhymes||5.800 billion|
|88||Zee Music Company||5.753 billion|
|89||Britain's Got Talent||5.721 billion|
|93||Mister Max||5.578 billion|
|96||Trap Nation||5.532 billion|
|100||Mother Goose Club||5.436 billion|
|101||Miss Katy||5.416 billion|
|105||Rooster Teeth||5.163 billion|
|112||Jimmy Kimmel Live||4.975 billion|
|117||The X Factor UK||4.749 billion|
|120||Linkin Park||4.724 billion|
|122||SAB TV||4.659 billion|
|123||Colors TV||4.637 billion|
|124||Toys AndMe||4.635 billion|
|127||Annoying Orange||4.580 billion|
|129||Disney Junior UK||4.440 billion|
|131||Turma da Mônica||4.379 billion|
|132||Sony Music India||4.366 billion|
|133||FUNnel Vision||4.311 billion|
|134||Kids Tv||4.268 billion|
|138||POPS Music||4.237 billion|
|140||Cat Music||4.229 billion|
|143||Mejores Juguetes||4.183 billion|
|144||Jason Derulo||4.182 billion|
|150||Tеремок ТВ||4.098 billion|
|152||Vlad CrazyShow||4.053 billion|
|153||Wave Music||4.047 billion|
|154||Sesame Street||4.030 billion|
|155||DisneyTopToys Tototoykids||4.007 billion|
|157||Videogyan 3D Rhymes||3.986 billion|
|159||Henrique e Juliano||3.957 billion|
|165||Dude Perfect||3.877 billion|
|168||ช่อง one||3.851 billion|
|169||The Young Turks||3.812 billion|
|170||Team Coco||3.807 billion|
|172||Surprise Eggs unboxing toys||3.752 billion|
|174||Speed Records||3.720 billion|
|175||Mother Goose Club Playhouse||3.694 billion|
|176||YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon||3.664 billion|
|177||Good Mythical Morning||3.658 billion|
|183||Sky Does Minecraft||3.556 billion|
|187||GR6 EXPLODE||3.504 billion|
|188||Kids Line||3.503 billion|
|190||Marília Mendonça||3.483 billion|
|196||Porta dos Fundos||3.430 billion|
|197||GMM GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL||3.397 billion|
|199||Charlie Puth||3.368 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 2: 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 sucess of their "Pokemon Theme Music Video"
The channel however 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 channel. 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.
CBS' high abundance of videos on their YouTube channel which included television and news from America's most watched network though 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.
VEVO since then, specifially since 2012, has had their VEVO certified award, awarded to VEVO artists who has their videos which exceed 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 as 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 of posting the top music videos at the time, even peaking as YouTube's second most subscribed channel by the end of that year.
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 thing.
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 on November 25, 2014.
The gears shifted then again however as PewDiePie, 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, who's 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.
So far, T-Series has gained over seven and half billion views as the most viewed channel, recently surpassing PewDiePie as gaining the most views as the most viewed channel and UMG as having the most view gap than any other channel.
Smosh now sits as the 67th 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 recently hit 1 billion views on YouTube 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 now has under three billion.
PewDiePie has dropped down to the third most viewed channel after WWE surpassing them. His channel is not a viewed as much as before 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.