Top 50 most watched YouTube channels in the world • Week of 05/01/2021

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Even when the world’s most popular YouTube channel is losing viewership week by week, it rarely falls to the top of our Global Top 50 rankings.

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This week, this channel has accelerated its audience. When that happens, it’s game over for everyone else.


T-series obtained 7% more views this week than during the previous seven-day period. In the end, the record company transported 657 million weekly views, which was more than enough to maintain its status as the most-watched YouTube channel in the world. The pop culture hub is also closing in on a milestone that has never been reached before. It now only needs 10.8 billion views to claim 200 billion lifetime views on YouTube.

It will be a while before any other channel approaches 200 billion lifetime views, but the most likely candidate to reach that mark (other than T-series) is #2 in the Global Top 50 of this week. Cocomelon – nursery rhymes obtained 538.9 million weekly views, which brought its historic total to 127.9 billion. So yes, Cocomelon won’t hit 200 billion this year like T-Series will, but maybe the California-based animator can celebrate that feat in 2023.

Third, we welcome SET India return to the World Top 50. India’s TV hub, owned and operated by Sony, is a regular in these regions, and its latest seven-day viewership figure – 470.5 million weekly views – explains why it appears so often in our charts. SET India’s sister channel Sony SAB finished just outside the global top five in sixth place.

Like NastyaViewership jumped 19% week over week, helping the US family channel finish fifth in our Global Top 50. The vlog rose from seventh place thanks to its 413.2 million weekly views.

Top Winners

May is an exciting month in the world of football. Domestic leagues come to an end, the UEFA Champions League reaches its peak and the warm weather sends amateur footballers out into parks and streets. Perhaps the excitement of this time of year is why foot mood had such a strong week on YouTube.

The abbreviated channel, which sports the now familiar flag of Ukraine, is devoted to all things football (or football, for us citizens of the state). If you scroll through Foot Mood’s most-watched clips list, you’ll see the names and faces of the sport’s biggest stars, including Messi, Salah and Neymar. But this chain is not based solely on the power of the stars. It also brings a fan perspective, so we can revel in failure as ordinary people try to “hit it like Zlatan”.

This video, which received 61.6 million views, helped Foot Mood rank in our Global Top 50 this week. The sports channel raised 172.5 million weekly viewswhat was 33% more traffic than what he shot a week ago. Curiously, it also ended in 33rd place in our world ranking. I would call it a coincidence but maybe his expression of The Beautiful Game’s perfect symmetry.

Channel distribution

Here is a breakdown of the 50 most watched channels this week according to their country of origin:

  • United States: 19 channels in the Top 50.
  • India: 15 channels in the Top 50.
  • Pakistan: 4 channels in the Top 50.
  • Turkey: 3 channels in the Top 50.
  • Japan: 2 channels in the Top 50.
  • Argentina, Mexico, Russia, United Kingdom and Vietnam: 1 each in the Top 50.

This week, 26 channels in the Top 50 are mainly active on YouTube Shorts.

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Raymond T. Helms