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‘Twas the last week before Christmas, and all through the charts, we’ve scoured through YouTube to find the best parts. These hubs get more views than all others around them, so read on and one by one we would sound them.
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T-Series ended its one-week run in second place. The Indian record label reclaimed the #1 spot in our Global Top 50 after it earned 605.5 million weekly views. That sum brought T-Series within a few millions of 210 billion lifetime YouTube views. The most-watched channel in the world will surpass that milestone next week, but will it still be in first place when it does?
Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes is the YouTube channel that has the best chance to catch up with T-Series. In fact, that’s just what happened last week, when the American producer of kid-friendly animations claimed the #1 spot in our Global Top 50. This week, Cocomelon has fallen back to #2, though it’s only a stone’s throw away from the pole position. With 582.2 million weekly views, the leading YouTube channel in the U.S. is a force to be reckoned with.
Speaking of YouTube’s most monumental channels, let’s talk about MrBeast. The channel run by North Carolina native Jimmy Donaldson had one of its best weeks ever during the 2022 holiday season. Even though Donaldson has only uploaded two new long-form videos on his primary channel this month, he’s started getting active on Shorts, and that’s making a huge difference. MrBeast picked up 558.6 million weekly views to put himself just behind Cocomelon in the #3 spot.
Because of MrBeast’s ascendance, we have a rare situation where one of this ranking’s “big three” channels is outside of the chart-topping trifecta. SET India fell all the way to #4 in the Global Top 50 after losing 10% of its viewership week-over-week. Though the Indian TV hub still 468.3 million weekly views, that wasn’t enough to keep pace with the leading channels in our chart. But there is still a mighty audience for South Asian entertainment, as evidenced by SET’s 148 million subscribers.
Hasan Tarhan rounds out this week’s global top five. The Turkish Shorts creator got 383.5 million weekly views, which pushed him past five billion lifetime views on his up-and-coming channel.
It was a rare week where two individual creators made it into the global top five. Let’s travel down the ranking a bit to spotlight another videomaker who is turning heads (and gathering views) with her fierce, unique style.
Many of the YouTube Shorts stars who make it into our Global Top 50 are new on the platform or have recently ported their vertical videos over from TikTok. That’s not true for Julia Gisella, who has been uploading on YouTube since 2020 and has gathered nearly nine million subscribers in the two years since. Gisella is a visual artist who draws lifelike images, adds a touch of her own personality, and shares her creations on YouTube Shorts, TikTok, and other similar platforms.
Gisella’s artistic skills are definitely the primary draw (no pun intended) for her channel, but she’s also a bit of a character herself. How many watercolor painters use a Chamberlain Coffee mug as a vessel for cleaning their brushes? That’s what Gisella does in her most-watched YouTube video, which has received more than 119 million views to date.
This Johnny Depp mash-up is cool, but don’t think for a second that Gisella is a one-hit wonder. In fact, the U.K.-based creator’s star is rising with each passing week. She got 223.1 million views during the week that was, which vaulted her up to 28th place in the Global Top 50. It’s her first-ever appearance in the ranking, even though she already has more than 3.5 billion lifetime views. It seems like a good time to be Julia Gisella, even if she has to destroy her older work in order to create the collages she is known for.
Here’s a breakdown of the Top 50 Most Viewed channels this week in terms of their countries of origin:
- United States: 15 channels in the Top 50.
- India: 14 channels in the Top 50.
- Vietnam: 4 channels in the Top 50.
- Japan, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, and Turkey: 2 channels in the Top 50.
- Latvia, Mexico, Moldova, Ukraine, and United Kingdom: 1 channel each in the Top 50.
This week, 30 channels in the Top 50 are primarily active on YouTube Shorts.