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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 200 most viewed YouTube channels, including VEVO channels (Updated October 7, 2017).

Rank Channel View Count
1 T-Series 24.195 billion
2 WWE 17.291 billion
3 JustinBieberVEVO 16.234 billion
4 PewDiePie 16.164 billion
5 Ryan ToysReview 16.114 billion
6 NetD Muzik 16.051 billion
7 Little Baby Bum® 14.522 billion
8 KatyPerryVEVO 14.176 billion
9 Get Movies 13.568 billion
10 FunToyzCollector 13.329 billion
11 Маша и Медведь 13.026 billion
12 TaylorSwiftVEVO 13.002 billion
13 RihannaVEVO 11.871 billion
14 Spinnin' Records 11.423 billion
15 shakiraVEVO 11.342 billion
16 SET India 11.244 billion
17 DanTDM 11.107 billion
18 El Reino Infantil 11.043 billion
19 BuzzFeedVideo 11.020 billion
20 GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL 10.756 billion
21 zeetv 10.741 billion
22 ChuChu TV Kids Songs 10.722 billion
23 Family Fun Pack 10.626 billion
24 TheEllenShow 10.020 billion
25 ABS-CBN Entertainment 9.802 billion
26 Canal KondZilla 9.677 billion
27 PopularMMOs 9.655 billion
28 EnriqueIglesiasVEVO 9.474 billion
29 EminemVEVO 9.314 billion
30 Ed Sheeran 9.143 billion
31 WatchMojo.com 9.101 billion
32 Movieclips Trailers 8.776 billion
33 David Guetta 8.733 billion
34 Baby Big Mouth 8.681 billion
35 Movieclips 8.397 billion
36 Fueled By Ramen 8.312 billion
37 Markiplier 8.186 billion
38 VanossGaming 8.090 billion
39 jacksepticeye 8.090 billion
40 Maroon5VEVO 8.031 billion
41 CalvinHarrisVEVO 8.003 billion
42 WorkpointOfficial 7.959 billion
43 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 7.907 billion
44 BluCollection ToyCollector 7.877 billion
45 Boldly 7.817 billion
46 SevenSuperGirls 7.736 billion
47 ArianaGrandeVevo 7.679 billion
48 NickyJamTV 7.643 billion
49 VEGETTA777 7.642 billion
50 OneDirectionVEVO 7.601 billion
51 ToyPudding TV 7.533 billion
52 beyonceVEVO 7.485 billion
53 Bruno Mars 7.461 billion
54 Super Simple Songs 7.412 billion
55 DisneyCarToys 7.369 billion
56 jbalvinVEVO 7.348 billion
57 SMTOWN 7.300 billion
58 MalumaVEVO 7.153 billion
59 DCTC Toy Channel 7.125 billion
60 1theK 7.048 billion
61 Toy Freaks 6.897 billion
62 Ultra Music 6.894 billion
63 Thai TV3 Official 6.861 billion
64 IGN 6.840 billion
65 PitbullVEVO 6.797 billion
66 Smosh 6.756 billion
67 Wiz Khalifa 6.710 billion
68 Toys and Funny Kids Surprise Eggs 6.698 billion
69 Galinha Pintadinha 6.556 billion
70 CookieSwirlC 6.425 billion
71 Webs & Tiaras - Toy Monster Compilations 6.397 billion
72 Genierock 6.384 billion
73 officialpsy 6.356 billion
74 stampylonghead 6.344 billion
75 AdeleVEVO 6.243 billion
76 Coldplay Official 6.241 billion
77 Eros Now 6.090 billion
78 ToyScouter 5.947 billion
79 Лунтик 5.892 billion
80 Disney Channel LA 5.880 billion
81 elrubiusOMG 5.853 billion
82 Atlantic Records 5.853 billion
83 ChrisBrownVEVO 5.831 billion
84 FBE 5.810 billion
85 JuegaGerman 5.800 billion
86 CVS 3D Rhymes 5.800 billion
87 CollegeHumor 5.775 billion
88 Zee Music Company 5.753 billion
89 Britain's Got Talent 5.721 billion
90 Machinima 5.686 billion
91 Fernanfloo 5.670 billion
92 LuisFonsiVEVO 5.608 billion
93 Mister Max 5.578 billion
94 RsiamMusic 5.556 billion
95 LEGO 5.537 billion
96 Trap Nation 5.532 billion
97 ChainsmokersVEVO 5.495 billion
98 SiaVEVO 5.475 billion
99 SelenaGomezVEVO 5.454 billion
100 Mother Goose Club 5.436 billion
101 Miss Katy 5.416 billion
102 toyoraljanahtv 5.363 billion
103 HobbyKidsTV 5.327 billion
104 TheWeekndVEVO 5.300 billion
105 Rooster Teeth 5.163 billion
106 FGTeeV 5.157 billion
107 WORLDSTARHIPHOP 5.129 billion
108 LadyGagaVEVO 5.049 billion
109 NickiMinajAtVEVO 5.024 billion
110 avex 5.009 billion
111 majorlazer 4.988 billion
112 Jimmy Kimmel Live 4.975 billion
113 TheRichest 4.826 billion
114 DisneyMusicVEVO 4.777 billion
115 FifthHarmonyVEVO 4.773 billion
116 rezendeevil 4.753 billion
117 The X Factor UK 4.749 billion
118 enchufetv 4.740 billion
119 RomeoSantosVEVO 4.727 billion
120 Linkin Park 4.724 billion
121 MeghanTrainorVEVO 4.721 billion
122 SAB TV 4.659 billion
123 Colors TV 4.637 billion
124 Toys AndMe 4.635 billion
125 AuthenticGames 4.626 billion
126 michaeljacksonVEVO 4.589 billion
127 Annoying Orange 4.580 billion
128 JenniferLopezVEVO 4.567 billion
129 Disney Junior UK 4.440 billion
130 AviciiOfficialVEVO 4.397 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
135 NBA 4.262 billion
136 TheWillyrex 4.252 billion
137 Skrillex 4.237 billion
138 POPS Music 4.237 billion
139 MattyBRaps 4.233 billion
140 Cat Music 4.229 billion
141 YRF 4.221 billion
142 hajime 4.184 billion
143 Mejores Juguetes 4.183 billion
144 Jason Derulo 4.182 billion
145 BBC 4.160 billion
146 RomanAtwoodVlogs 4.158 billion
147 FailArmy 4.118 billion
148 Just4fun290 4.108 billion
149 Kontor.TV 4.108 billion
150 Tеремок ТВ 4.098 billion
151 Kan 4.060 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
156 SQUEEZIE 3.994 billion
157 Videogyan 3D Rhymes 3.986 billion
158 BIGBANG 3.972 billion
159 Henrique e Juliano 3.957 billion
160 Rotana 3.930 billion
161 GallinaPintadita 3.913 billion
162 EllieGouldingVEVO 3.910 billion
163 BritneySpearsVEVO 3.899 billion
164 Барбоскины 3.878 billion
165 Dude Perfect 3.877 billion
166 ToysToSee 3.869 billion
167 HikakinTV 3.867 billion
168 ช่อง one 3.851 billion
169 The Young Turks 3.812 billion
170 Team Coco 3.807 billion
171 rsfriends 3.766 billion
172 Surprise Eggs unboxing toys 3.752 billion
173 ToyTrains4u 3.742 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
178 RickyMartinVEVO 3.640 billion
179 ShawnMendesVEVO 3.618 billion
180 TheEngineeringFamily 3.596 billion
181 fixiki 3.584 billion
182 boyceavenue 3.567 billion
183 Sky Does Minecraft 3.556 billion
184 Pocoyo 3.552 billion
185 MBCEntertainment 3.545 billion
186 GameGrumps 3.507 billion
187 GR6 EXPLODE 3.504 billion
188 Kids Line 3.503 billion
189 nigahiga 3.498 billion
190 Marília Mendonça 3.483 billion
191 Vat19 3.471 billion
192 expertvillage 3.471 billion
193 DemiLovatoVEVO 3.462 billion
194 TuTiTuTV 3.461 billion
195 FluffyJetProductions 3.447 billion
196 Porta dos Fundos 3.430 billion
197 GMM GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL 3.397 billion
198 NoCopyrightSounds 3.385 billion
199 Charlie Puth 3.368 billion
200 BlackEyedPeasVEVO 3.366 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

Details

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.

Aftermath

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.

See also

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