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.
Top 20 Most Viewed YouTube Channels
The Top 20 Most Viewed Channels are listed in the table below as of February 17, 2020, with their views being displayed by the nearest one hundred million, the highest rank the channel was on the most viewed list along with the time period it occurred and the amount of videos the channel has uploaded.
|Current Rank||Highest Rank||Channel||Views||Videos||Language|
|3||2 (2019-2019)||SET India||48.5B||35.9K||Hindi|
|4||4 (2019-present)||Zee TV||39.8B||99.0K||Hindi|
|6||3 (2017-2017)||Ryan's World||36.5B||1.6K||English|
|7||3 (2017-2018)||netd müzik||33.9B||11.9K||Turkish|
|8||7 (2018-2019)||ABS-CBN Entertainment||33.7B||139.7K||Filipino|
|10||6 (2018-2019)||Canal KondZilla||28.6B||1.3K||Portuguese|
|11||11 (2019-present)||El Reino Infantil||27.2B||810||Spanish|
|12||12 (2020-present)||Like Nastya Vlog||26.3B||375||Russian|
|14||14 (2020-present)||Zee Music Company||23.7B||4.6K||Hindi|
|16||12 (2019-2020)||SAB TV||23.4B||22.6K||Hindi|
|17||10 (2016-2016)||Маша и Медведь||22.9B||708||Russian|
|18||7 (2017-2018)||Little Baby Bum||22.5B||1.1K||English|
|19||7 (2015-2016)||Get Movies||22.5B||3.0K||Russian|
|20||19 (2019-2020)||Wave Music||21.3B||17.6K||Bhojpuri|
Channels By Video Views (Beyond Top 20)
The following is a chart featuring a list of the 230 most viewed YouTube channels past the top 20, including VEVO channels (updated February 17, 2020). This list will not include any terminated or deleted channels, nor channels with their view count hidden.
|21||ChuChu TV Kids Songs||20.649|
|22||Kids Diana Show||20.224|
|28||Super Simple Songs - Kids Songs||18.246|
|30||GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL||17.282|
|38||Vlad and Nikita||15.835|
|42||Shemaroo Filmi Gaane||15.549|
|46||FunToys Collector Disney Toys Review||14.877|
|55||CVS 3D Rhymes||13.653|
|60||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||13.309|
|63||Toys and Colors||13.153|
|68||Family Fun Pack||12.789|
|71||Sony Music India||12.574|
|79||Baby Big Mouth||12.006|
|89||GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL||11.104|
|91||T-Series Bhakti Sagar||11.088|
|92||T-Series Apna Punjab||10.770|
|101||La Granja de Zenón||10.141|
|103||Fueled By Ramen||10.097|
|108||Infobells - Hindi||9.907|
|111||Turma da Mônica||9.568|
|118||Jimmy Kimmel Live||9.360|
|125||RsiamMusic : อาร์สยาม||9.181|
|127||Boram Tube Vlog||8.978|
|128||Blu Toys Club Surprise||8.896|
|129||Gaane Sune Ansune||8.800|
|139||Saturday Night Live||8.567|
|142||Britain's Got Talent||8.467|
|156||Big Hit Labels||8.103|
|158||Peppa Pig - Official Channel||8.042|
|165||Mother Goose Club Playhouse||7.857|
|177||Wave Music - Bhojpuri||7.429|
|184||Mother Goose Club||7.251|
|190||The Late Late Show with James Corden||7.150|
|191||Bounce Patrol - Kids Songs||7.124|
|194||Henrique e Juliano||7.042|
|200||Billion Surprise Toys||6.873|
|212||Kan and Aki's CHANNEL||6.529|
|214||RCTI - LAYAR DRAMA INDONESIA||6.507|
|218||Come Play With Me||6.436|
|223||Toys And Little Gaby||6.401|
|232||Maria Clara & JP||6.280|
|234||Zé Neto e Christiano||6.228|
|238||Hear This Music||6.182|
|240||The X Factor UK||6.160|
|243||Good Mythical Morning||6.142|
|248||Worldwide Records Bhojpuri||6.061|
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||Date Achieved||Days Held|
|jawed||Viral Videos||April 23, 2005||N/A|
|larfus||Viral Videos||Mid-Late 2005||N/A|
|smosh||Sketch Comedy||Early 2006||N/A|
|judsonlaipply||Viral Videos||July 12, 2006||18|
|smosh||Sketch Comedy||July 30, 2006||115|
|CBS||Television & Film||November 22, 2006||236|
|universalmusicgroup||Music||July 16, 2007||2042|
|machinima||Gaming||February 16, 2013||20|
|emimusic||Music||March 8, 2013||661|
|PewDiePie||Entertainment||December 29, 2014||778|
|T-Series||Music & Film||February 14, 2017||1080+|
Other Most Viewed Charts
Most Viewed YouTubers
This chart as of February 14, 2020, does not include companies, major celebrities/music channels, and kid/toy channels.
Most Viewed Female YouTubers
This list is as of February 14, 2020. YouTuber groups that have both males & females are not counted.
|13||Its JoJo Siwa||2.821||555||English|
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 afterward as unlike Laipply, was beginning 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, specifically since 2012, has had their "VEVO certified award", awarded to Vevo artists who has videos which exceed 100 million views.
CBS' reign and its 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 the 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 its 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 its peak until emimusic surpassed UMG in most views ever on YouTube which was close to 7 billion, the only billion milestones 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, has 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 have grown more than six times bigger 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 is over 46 billion as of December 26, 2019.
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 129,197,613 views gained on December 1, 2019.
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.
- 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 slightly over 3 billion.
- PewDiePie has dropped down to the 13th most viewed channel. His channel's view growth has dropped down significantly 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.