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This week, 36 YouTube Shorts channels made it into our U.S. Top 50, and four of those channels soared all the way into the top five. They’re all chasing a long-form hub that kept its perch atop our American ranking even as it slipped to #2 in this chart’s global counterpart.
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Long story short: Read on to learn more details about the most-watched U.S.-based YouTube channels of the week.
CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes has had an eventful week. In our Global Top 50, CoComelon lost its 12-week streak at #1 thanks to a surge by Korean channel KIMPRO. Meanwhile, rumors are flying about the possibility of a CoComelon feature film, which is reportedly being developed by Universal’s DreamWorks Animation and CoComelon owner Moonbug Entertainment. That’s a lot of headlines in a few days, but none of them have stopped the views from flowing to the primary CoComelon YouTube channel. That hub added 661.4 million weekly views, and it still sits atop the U.S. Top 50.
While one Top 50 streak ended, another one is carrying on. For the third week in a row, Alan Chikin Chow finished second in our U.S. Top 50. The short-form comedy destination secured 447.8 million weekly views, which was actually 14% less traffic than what Chow brought in a week prior. Despite that dip, the California-based funnyman is still the highest-ranking U.S.-based Shorts creator and the #1 individual creator in the U.S. Top 50.
Its playoff basketball season, and that means it’s an opportunity for Omar Raja – ESPN to continue improving his chart position. The founder of the House of Highlights brand — who sold that channel to Bleacher Report before his move to ESPN — jumped into the U.S. top five this week. He earned a #3 finish after collecting 339.7 million weekly views. With three more rounds of NBA playoffs to go, there’s a good chance Raja keeps up his impressive pace, but as they say, it’s no slam dunk.
Dylan Anderson made his second straight appearance in the #4 spot in the U.S. Top 50. With short-form videos that range from inspirational to hysterical, Anderson has built a strong operation on YouTube Shorts. He earned 324.8 million weekly views during the third full week of April. If he can repeat that performance next week, he’ll reach 10 billion lifetime views on his primary YouTube hub.
YoesIan rounds out this week’s U.S. top five. Like the three channels in front of it, YoesIan operates primarily on YouTube Shorts. Its grim reaper-led videos scooped up 316.5 million views during the week that was.
On YouTube Shorts, there are a lot of views going to channels that aggregate short-form trends (even those trends that originate on TikTok, not YouTube). Who Is The Best is one of those heavily-trafficked meme collectors, but its take on content aggregation involves a twist that would not be out of place on a game show.
The most-watched Who Is The Best videos place four creators in a grid and sync them up so that they all perform the same video concept at the same time. Then, it’s up to the audience to decide who…is…the…best! While this format hasn’t yet been picked up as an actual game show, I’m sure that a network TV exec somewhere is trying to figure out how to best translate this short-form competition to YouTube to the original tube.
The viewership picked up by the Who Is The Best channel reminds us why everyone is so eager to share short-form culture with the world. During our most recent seven-day measurement period, the compilation channel added 113.3 million weekly views to its lifetime total. That sum was good for a 28% week-over-week increase, which pushed Who Is The Best from 64th place all the way up to 44th in the U.S. Top 50.
If I were running one of these short-form content aggregators, I’d try to find some way to combine multiple Who Is The Best videos in an even more complex grid. On YouTube Shorts, “more cultural references” seems to be translating to “more views,” so it’s now a competition to see who is the best at summarizing TikTok trends on a single page.
This week, there are 36 YouTube Shorts channels in the U.S. Top 50.
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