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Welcome to our latest ranking of the top 50 most-viewed YouTube channels among those based in the US. Like in most weeks, our current chart in this category skews towards channels that cater to young children, but it also features multiple sports content hubs. In particular, two combat sports thrived: One rode a mercurial star to a place in the US top 50, while the other held onto its spot in the top five.
Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes is still the most-viewed US-based YouTube channel, as it was for much of 2020. The animation hub, which offers cute jingles to young viewers, earned 730 million weekly views to put itself squarely in first place in our American ranking.
The competition for positions two through four was much closer. Kids Diana Show held onto the #2 ranking in the US-based chart. The Ukranian-American family vlog’s seven-day viewership of 492.7 million weekly views was also enough to move it up one spot in our global ranking, where it reached fourth place. Following closely behind Diana was Like Nastya, which finished third in our US-only chart thanks to its 467.2 million weekly views. The colorful, kid-friendly destination was fourth in our previous US chart, and its gain was Vlad and Niki‘s loss. After a week-over-week viewership dip of 12%, the Russian-American channel dropped from third to fourth despite earning 402 million weekly views.
The official YouTube home of the WWE rounded out the American top five for the second week in a row. The home for wrestling highlights and coverage scooped up 279.5 million weekly views.
If you’re not a fan of the wrestling ring, may I interest you in the UFC octagon? The official YouTube channel of the Ultimate Fighting Championship surged in our US-based ranking thanks to the many headlines surrounding the latest MMA competition, UFC 257. The main event was the bout between the controversial Conor McGregor and the veteran middleweight Dustin Poirier, which Poirier won by technical knockout in the second round. Despite the short duration of the fight, the live stream of the ensuing press conference needed just one day to accrue 3.3 million views.
Overall, this was one of the UFC’s best-ever weeks on YouTube. Its seven-day totals included 70.1 million weekly views and 200,000 new subscribers. The combat organization more-than doubled its traffic from the week prior, and it fought its way into our US chart, peaking at 35th. Given McGregor’s star status, the UFC could see this sort of viewership again whenever the Irishman steps into the octagon.