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What year is it? If our latest ranking of the top 50 most-viewed US-based YouTube channels of the week is any indication, it may in fact be 2007. One of YouTube’s time-honored stars is surging, though kid-friendly channels, led by an animation studio based in Southern California, continue to rule the roost.
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Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes still trails T-Series at the top of our global charts, but among US-based channels, the kid-friendly destination is in a category by itself. Over the most recent seven-day period measured by Gospel Stats, Cocomelon earned 840.5 million weekly views, which was #1 among YouTube channels that fly the American flag. To get to #2 finisher in this week’s US charts, family vlog Vlad and Niki, one must subtract about 17% of Cocomelon’s weekly viewership. Vlad and Niki’s seven-day total of 696.2 million weekly views is nonetheless impressive.
Moving on to #3, we find Kids Diana Show, another regular entrant in our US-only charts. Like Vlad and Niki, it is a family vlog with roots in Eastern Europe — Ukraine, in this case — though it is now based in the US. Over the past seven days, it received 641.9 million weekly views, which represented a 9% week-over-week decrease.
For the second week in a row, Like Nastya finished fourth in our star-spangled ranking. The kid-friendly hub’s latest seven-day totals included 533.7 million weekly views. It also added about half a million new subscribers to its audience; it has more than 60 million subscribers in all.
WWE, riding a 21% week-over-week traffic jump, surpassed Movieclips to round out the US-only chart’s top five. The wrestling hub’s strong week resulted in a tally of 420.4 million weekly views.
It’s been more than 12 years since Scooter Braun discovered a floppy-haired kid plying his musical trade on the kidrauhl channel. But even as the world has changed dramatically, the singer who starred in those videos is still a hit on YouTube, and though he no longer uses the kidrauhl name — that channel is now called JustinBieberVEVO — he has still found his way into our ranking of the 50 most viewed US-based channels of the week.
As you might have guessed, The Biebs’ big week on YouTube was fueled by the release of the Canadian performer’s latest music video. In the official clip for the song “Holy,” Bieber dons a construction worker’s outfit and sings a soulful tune alongside featured guest Chance the Rapper. With his sooty face and his prominent tattoos, Bieber doesn’t much resemble that floppy-haired boy from 2007, but his new music is just as popular now as it was then. Led by the “Holy” video, Bieber’s official YouTube channel scooped up 61.4 million weekly views, rose from 97th place to 36th in our US-only chart, and saw a week-over-week traffic bump of 63%. What a fascinating journey it’s been for him.