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November’s presidential election could potentially bring massive changes to the United States, and with that pivotal moment upcoming, many Americans are tuning into YouTube to stay aware of the latest developments. But even the power of all the talking heads in the nation is not enough to match the traffic-generating abilities of channels aimed at young children — at least as far as YouTube is concerned. Those kid-friendly destinations still lead our ranking of the top 50 most-viewed US-based channels of the week.
After briefly ceding its position at the top of our US-only chart earlier in the summer, Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes has re-entrenched itself as the week-to-week leader among American videomakers. Over the past seven days, the animation studio (which calls Southern California its home) received 853.8 million views, allow it to maintain its status as our star-spangled ranking’s number-one.
The only other two channels that have spent any time in this chart’s top spot at some point in 2020 remain second and third in the ranking, just as they were last week. Kids Diana Show is our American runner-up; the Ukranian-American family vlog counted 693.3 million weekly views over the past seven days, good for a 7% week-over-week increase. Another all-ages channel with ties to Eastern Europe, the Russian-American vlog Vlad and Niki, finished third in our latest US-only ranking after receiving 656 million weekly views.
The channels that earned the fourth and fifth spots in this week’s chart each moved up one position from the previous measurement. Like Nastya, another channel catering to YouTube’s youngest viewers, snagged the #4 spot thanks to a seven-day total of 485.5 million weekly views. After #4, there’s a gap of more than 100 million views before we reach #5, where Movieclips and its 376.8 million weekly views reside. The film video repository ended up just ahead of #6 finisher WWE.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen a recurring trend in our US-only charts: News channels, particularly those tied to major TV networks, have scored big numbers on YouTube. And right now, no news provider is surging quite like Fox News. The right-leaning outlet’s YouTube home, which has more than six million total subscribers, has seen its traffic rapidly increase. In our latest US-only ranking, FOX News is 25th-best in America, thanks to a tally of 82.3 million weekly views, which is good for a 6% week-over-week traffic increase.
A lot of Fox News videos perform well on YouTube, and subscribers have lots of videos to choose from — more than one hundred have been released during our chart’s most recent seven-day measurement period. But no Fox News clips seem to be performing quite as well as those featuring one of the network’s most prominent talking heads, Tucker Carlson. This should come as no surprise to anyone who is familiar with the Trump-aligned political commentator. In June 2020, Forbes reported that Carlson’s flagship program, Tucker Carlson Tonight, had earned the highest ratings ever among cable news shows.
On YouTube, this translates to more than a million views per video. Carlson’s latest hit on YouTube, a screed about Silicon Valley’s influence within Democratic politics, needed just three days to accrue 1.7 million views.