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If you thought that the end of the 2020 presidential election cycle would cause surging news channels to drop out of our ranking of the top 50 most-viewed US-based YouTube channels of the week, well, you weren’t ready for the events 2021 had in store. Chaos at the U.S. Capitol led to substantial traffic jumps across major news channels on YouTube, though kid-friendly destinations continue to secure more views than any other US-based channels.
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Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes is still the most-viewed US-based YouTube channel of the week, and no other hubs seem as if they’re particularly close to catching the Southern California-based producer of cartoons, jingles, and other pieces of family-friendly content. Cocomelon’s latest seven-day totals included 715.6 million weekly views, which was both less than what the channel registered the week before and more than enough to hold onto the #1 position in this chart.
The race for runner-up was much closer, but the #2 spot went to Kids Diana Show once again. The Ukranian-American family vlog recorded 492.2 million weekly views, which was just enough to pip #3 finisher Like Nastya. That channel — also a family vlog with Slavic roots — picked up 487.8 million weekly views.
Despite these week-to-week shifts in traffic, our latest US-only ranking ultimately features an unchanged top five. Toys and Colors, a hub catered to YouTube’s youngest viewers, held onto the #5 spot by pulling in 295.8 million weekly views.
Do you remember, back during election season, when news-focused channels like CNN, MSNBC, and ABC News saw big returns on their YouTube-based coverage? Well, after a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, those same news channels posted their coverage on YouTube once again, and the result was the same as it was last year. Several digital arms of major American media companies reached this week’s US-only top 50 ranking, led by CNN, which made it all the way up to 18th place.
CNN’s seven-day totals included 101.1 million weekly views — which was 96% more traffic than what the Atlanta-based cabler posted in our previous US ranking — and 100,000 new subscribers. Much of that traffic was devoted to videos covering the Capitol attack; 29 different videos covering the chaos and its ensuing fallout have crossed the million-view plateau.
In such a tumultuous time, CNN’s surge is not a surprise. That said, I for one would be happy for a brief reprieve from all the terrible breaking news we’ve had over the past few months.