Top 50 most watched YouTube channels in the world • Week of 09/18/2022

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The “big three” continue to dominate our Global Top 50 rankings.

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The three members of this group have more lifetime viewership than any other channel in the Global Top 50. They often rank 1-2-3 in our global rankings, and this week is no exception.


Of the Big Three, T-series is clearly number 1, and this week he earned that status by finishing atop our world rankings. The Indian label took over 650.2 million weekly views on his main YouTube channel, but he ended the week just below 202 billion lifetime views. I guess T-Series will have to start climbing to 203 billion next week.

Another Indian channel, SET India, finished second in our last world ranking. It was an unusual distribution week for Indian content. Of the 10 channels from this country that made it into our Global Top 50, four made it into the top six. The logical conclusion would be that Indian viewership on YouTube is more concentrated around the major channels, at least compared to what we see in the US. SET India has 588.9 million views during the week that was.

The other member of the big three, CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes, took third place in the Global Top 50. The highest-ranked American channel remains far ahead of its compatriots, even if it only slips back one place in the world edition of our charts. By adding 526.6 million weekly views, CoComelon has moved closer to its 140 billionth lifetime view. It could reach this height around the beginning of October.

Only one other channel even managed to have 400 million views this week, and it barely topped that benchmark. One morea smash hit on YouTube Shorts, won 400 million weekly views. Thanks in large part to the videos that present the poppy play time The character Huggy Wuggy, One More – which is run by Cyprus-based media company TheSoul Publishing – has risen to number four in the Global Top 50.

Sony SA completes our world top five for the third week in a row. SET India’s sister channel hooked 397 million weekly views on Youtube.

Top Winners

How saturated has YouTube Shorts been in the online video landscape? Believe it or not, even the British Royal family jump on this bandwagon.

After Queen Elizabeth II who died on September 8, renewed interest in the House of Windsor drew millions of viewers to the family’s official YouTube channel. The Royal Family Channel class 14th in our Global Top 50 with 287 million weekly views. The British Monarchy’s Official YouTube Home Got more than six times more views as he did the week before the death of Elizabeth II.

The nature of this audience is more remarkable than its volume. The Royal Family Channel’s official funeral coverage of Elizabeth II scored more than five million views, but most of the hub’s weekly viewers came to videos that weren’t uploaded this week. Through old shorts, YouTube viewers celebrate the light side of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Current events often push news channels into the Top 50, and YouTube Shorts is now a key part of that equation. Since the British Monarch returned to front-page headlines, her short clips have been recommended to more people than ever before.

Channel distribution

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

  • United States: 22 channels in the Top 50.
  • India: 10 channels in the Top 50.
  • Vietnam: 3 channels in the Top 50.
  • Argentina, Pakistan, South Korea and United Kingdom: 2 channels in the Top 50.
  • Brazil, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Russia, Puerto Rico and Turkey: 1 channel each in the Top 50.

This week, 28 channels in the Top 50 are mainly active on YouTube Shorts.

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Raymond T. Helms