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The top two channels in our Global Top 50 ranking are neck and neck.
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The two titans that have dominated our charts over the past few years are separated by just a few million views. Meanwhile, a mix of TV hubs and Shorts standouts populate the rest of the Top 50.
Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes rode a hot streak to four straight first-place finishes in February’s Global Top 50 charts. As the calendar stretches into March, the American producer of kid-friendly content is still on top of YouTube. With 645.4 million weekly views, Cocomelon maintained its hold atop our worldwide ranking, even though it lost 18% of its viewership week-over-week. A similar dip from the chart’s runner-up is the only factor that prevented a changing of the guard at #1.
If T-Series had repeated its seven-day total from our previous Global Top 50, it would have eclipsed Cocomelon once again. Instead, the Indian record label has produced its fifth-straight second-place finish in this ranking. T-Series wound up with 642.4 million weekly views at the start of March. That puts it within three million views of Cocomelon’s total, so T-Series could return to chart-topping status next week.
The next two channels in this week’s Global Top 50 have a lot of similarities, including their respective seven-day viewership sums. StarPlus rode a 45% week-over-week traffic surge to reach 455.2 million weekly views, which pushed the South Asian content hub into the third-place position. StarPlus’ success in the Top 50 comes just one week after the Indian channel earned its 20-millionth lifetime view on its primary YouTube channel.
SET India is also an entertainment destination catering to South Asian consumers, and like its compatriot StarPlus, its viewership hovered around the 450 million mark this week. To be more precise, the Sony-owned Indian channel snagged 450.9 million weekly views, which was good for a 3% week-over-week increase. Aside from T-Series and Cocomelon, SET India has been the most common sight in the global top five this year.
Alan Chikin Chow rounds out this week’s global top five. The highest-ranking YouTube Shorts creator in the latest Top 50 added 441.3 million weekly views during our most recent seven-day measurement period.
On YouTube, school is in session, but the content on display is not always the sort of educational material that would be welcome in schools. No, watching a lot of BigSchool won’t help you hone your three R’s, but if your subject of choice is Minecraft meme studies, the U.S.-based channel can serve as a suitable learning aid.
The “school” in the channel’s title doesn’t refer to a physical institution. Rather, the channel’s videos are inspired by Monster School, a Minecraft world attended by a whole host of characters — including in-game enemies like creepers, zombies, and Endermen. The BigSchool channel brings these characters to life by featuring them in fast-paced animations.
Pop culture characters sometimes show up as well. BigSchool’s most-watched Short, with more than 47 million total views, features cameos from both Thomas the Tank Engine and the Incredible Hulk.
BigSchool’s videos allude to popular children’s entertainment franchises while creating colorful chaos at the same time. Given that combo, it’s no surprise that the channel is doing well in our Global Top 50. BigSchool reached 31st place in our latest chart after accruing 242.6 million weekly views. That was good for a 45% week-over-week traffic increase, and it also pushed BigSchool past four billion lifetime views on YouTube.
These mad Minecraft memes may seem strange, but as far as YouTube Shorts animation goes, BigSchool’s oeuvre is on the normal side. Unless Kermit the Frog is making threats in your videos, I’ll always hesitate to describe them as weird.
Here’s a breakdown of the Top 50 Most Viewed channels this week in terms of their countries of origin:
- United States: 14 channels in the Top 50.
- India: 12 channels in the Top 50.
- Russia: 6 channels in the Top 50.
- South Korea: 3 channels in the Top 50.
- Japan, Pakistan, and Turkey: 2 channels in the Top 50.
- Brazil, El Salvador, France, Italy, Moldova, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Vietnam: 1 channel each in the Top 50.
This week, 31 channels in the Top 50 are primarily active on YouTube Shorts.