Top 50 most watched YouTube channels in the world • Week of 10/16/2022

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Last week, I said that the #1 channel in the Global Top 50 would retain that spot for the “foreseeable future”. I feel like I’ve been bewitched.

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There’s a new number 1 in this week’s chart and some exciting new channels from India. More below the jump.


Say hello to the new top dog of our world ranking: Cocomelon – nursery rhymes. The American Family Center is no stranger to the top spot in the rankings, having held that spot for many weeks prior. In fact, it was the first YouTube channel to get a billion views in a single seven-day period. Cocomelon’s audience has dropped a bit since then, but the 611.4 million weekly views he got during our most recent measurement period was enough to eclipse last week’s No. 1.

This former #1 is T-series, and it’s all the way down to second place this week. The prominent Indian label fell a bit, even though it spent the whole month of September at the top spot in our Global Top 50. His last total of seven days of 608.5 million weekly views is still impressive, but it’s not quite enough to hold Cocomelon’s charge back towards pole position. Next week, T-Series could exceed 205 billion lifetime views.

Moving on to third place, we come to SET India. The South Asian TV hub is the third channel to make it into the “big three” in this ranking, along with Cocomelon and T-Series. These three channels have recorded at least 500 million views this week, and no other competitor has even reached 400 million. SET India recorded 510.5 million weekly views to keep the position he reached seven days ago.

The sister channel of SET India is right behind it in fourth position. Sony SA usually hovers between 5 and 7 in our Global Top 50, but it moved up one spot after hanging 380.6 million weekly views. Before the end of the year, Sony SAB has a chance to reach 75 million subscribers on its India-focused YouTube channel.

KIMPRO rounds out this week’s world top five. YouTube destination Shorts, which identifies itself as “KIMPRO from TikTok”, has won 369.7 million weekly views.

Top Winners

Channels that use special effects have carved out a place for themselves on YouTube Shorts. Most of the channels we featured in this category are from Indonesia, but there are talented VFX artists from all over the Bay of Bengal.

Venture into India, for example, and you will encounter HD visual effects, a relatively recent YouTube Shorts feature. The computer graphics playground reached its highest position on the charts this week by winning the 46th most views among all the channels in the world. Collected HD VFX 170.6 million weekly viewswhich pushed its lifetime YouTube audience above 1.5 billion.

How does VFX HD? Well, whoever is behind the canal is really good at water effects. Add a wordless sense of humor (like you’ll find in so many other YouTube Shorts success stories) and you’ve got a winning formula.

And if that doesn’t work, you can always go back to long videos and smash some COVID-19 with your car.

I confess that I have yet to try any of these COVID prevention methods. But VFX HD makes me want to go out and eliminate the nearest virus.

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: 12 channels in the Top 50.
  • Pakistan: 3 channels in the Top 50.
  • South Korea, United Kingdom and Vietnam: 2 channels in the Top 50.
  • Argentina, China, Cyprus, Iraq, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia 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