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 March 14, 2018). This list will not include any terminated or deleted channels, nor channels with their view count hidden.
|3||Ryan ToysReview||19.921 billion|
|4||NetD Müzik||19.557 billion|
|7||Little Baby Bum®||16.122 billion|
|8||SET India||15.508 billion|
|9||Get Movies||15.469 billion|
|11||Маша и Медведь||14.853 billion|
|13||Canal KondZilla||14.364 billion|
|16||El Reino Infantil||13.506 billion|
|17||ChuChu TV Kids Songs||13.123 billion|
|19||ABS-CBN Entertainment||12.599 billion|
|20||Ed Sheeran||12.520 billion|
|23||Spinnin' Records||12.410 billion|
|25||GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL||12.021 billion|
|34||ToyPudding TV||9.677 billion|
|35||Baby Big Mouth||9.474 billion|
|36||Movieclips Trailers||9.298 billion|
|37||David Guetta||9.225 billion|
|38||Fueled By Ramen||9.095 billion|
|43||Super Simple Songs||8.843 billion|
|44||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||8.821 billion|
|47||Bruno Mars||8.694 billion|
|53||Blu Toys Club Surprise||8.222 billion|
|57||Zee Music Company||8.049 billion|
|60||Galinha Pintadinha||7.796 billion|
|62||CVS 3D Rhymes||7.601 billion|
|63||Ultra Music||7.508 billion|
|64||Eros Now||7.503 billion|
|66||Wiz Khalifa||7.328 billion|
|72||Family Fun Pack||7.009 billion|
|74||Wave Music||6.891 billion|
|78||Atlantic Records||6.710 billion|
|80||SAB TV||6.630 billion|
|81||Disney Channel LA||6.627 billion|
|84||Trap Nation||6.575 billion|
|96||Britain's Got Talent||6.022 billion|
|99||Colors TV||5.897 billion|
|102||Jimmy Kimmel Live||5.795 billion|
|104||Mother Goose Club||5.726 billion|
|105||Turma da Mônica||5.718 billion|
|109||GR6 EXPLODE||5.526 billion|
|110||Major Lazer||5.521 billion|
|111||Linkin Park||5.518 billion|
|112||Speed Records||5.513 billion|
|113||Sony Music India||5.446 billion|
|114||Rooster Teeth||5.420 billion|
|116||FUNnel Vision||5.390 billion|
|124||The X Factor UK||5.101 billion|
|126||Kids TV||5.030 billion|
|127||GMA Network||5.011 billion|
|130||POPS MUSIC||4.942 billion|
|131||Annoying Orange||4.937 billion|
|132||Dude Perfect||4.911 billion|
|133||Mejores Juguetes||4.898 billion|
|134||CKN Toys||4.862 billion|
|136||Mister Max||4.772 billion|
|139||Jason Derulo||4.723 billion|
|140||Teremok TV||4.707 billion|
|143||GMM GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL||4.613 billion|
|147||Henrique e Juliano||4.601 billion|
|149||Cat Music||4.583 billion|
|152||Sesame Street||4.547 billion|
|154||Miss Katy||4.528 billion|
|156||Videogyan 3D Rhymes||4.481 billion|
|159||Kan & Aki's CHANNEL||4.459 billion|
|160||5-Minute Crafts||4.439 billion|
|161||Gallina Pintadita||4.422 billion|
|162||Daddy Yankee||4.388 billion|
|166||Charlie Puth||4.271 billion|
|167||Team Coco||4.270 billion|
|171||POPS Kids||4.255 billion|
|173||Ultra Bollywood||4.230 billion|
|177||Good Mythical Morning||4.135 billion|
|179||KBS World TV||4.100 billion|
|180||Mother Goose Club Playhouse||4.100 billion|
|183||Marília Mendonça||4.080 billion|
|184||The Young Turks||4.077 billion|
|186||Kids Line||4.048 billion|
|187||Toy Trains 4u||4.033 billion|
|190||The Late Late Show with James Corden||4.009 billion|
|192||Filmi Gaane||3.939 billion|
|198||NaoFun Toys||3.862 billion|
|199||Boyce Avenue||3.854 billion|
|200||Jake Paul||3.827 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 29, 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 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 100,000,000 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 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.
- 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's views dropped under three billion, now having slighly over 3 billion.
- PewDiePie has dropped down to the fifth 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, exactly 30 days after JustinBieberVEVO surpassed HolaSoyGerman. to become the second most subscribed channel, just behind PewDiePie. JustinBieberVEVO would lose the second peak position a month and a half later to T-Series, a position T-Series still holds today.
- 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.