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As April turns into May, the channel that shocked the world by rising to #1 in the Global Top 50 is still ahead of the pack.
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That channel has now received the most weekly YouTube views for three successive weeks. Despite its impressive run, more usual chart leaders are hot on its heels.
KIMPRO is having quite the year. At the start of the year, the Korean short-form hub only had about five billion lifetime views on YouTube. Since then, that total has nearly tripled, and KIMPRO has cemented itself as a frontrunner in our Global Top 50. It earned its third-straight #1 finish by collecting 645.3 million weekly views. Meanwhile, KIMPRO continues to climb the ladder on TikTok as well. On that platform, it has more than 3.5 million followers.
T-Series took home its second-straight runner-up finish in the Global Top 50. The Indian record label has barely had a sniff of the #1 spot after occupying that position for most of 2022, but it is now closing in on KIMPRO. Over seven days, T-Series picked up 534.6 million weekly views. It continues to lead YouTube in terms of lifetime viewership and total subscribers.
CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes is close behind T-Series in the Global Top 50. The American producer of nursery rhymes and other kid-friendly favorites scooped up 521.3 million weekly views to re-run the third-place finish it earned a week prior. After leading the Global Top 50 for 11 straight weeks, CoComelon has struggled to keep up with short-form rivals like KIMPRO, though it is still the most-watched YouTube channel based in the U.S.
Speaking of short-form channels, KL BRO Biju Rithvik is in fourth place in the latest Global Top 50. The Indian channel offers family stories and other pieces of humorous content for a short-form audience that now includes more than 17 million subscribers. Those fans delivered 471.3 million weekly views to KL BRO Biju Rithvik at the start of May. That sum was good for a 48% week-over-week increase that allowed the Indian hub to move up from 18th place.
CuRe rounds out this week’s global top five, which is bookended by Korean short-form channels. CuRe doesn’t get quite as many hits as KIMPRO, but it still received 443.5 million views during the week that was.
Vladimir Putin. He’s the leader of Russia, a controversial figure, and a strongman feared around the world. But did you know that Vlad is also a pool shark?
Putin’s turn toward the mundane plays out on a channel whose name translates to Simple Putin. As that title implies, the YouTube Shorts hub takes a big man and puts him in small situations. Of course, the star of the channel is not Putin himself, but the actor portraying the Russian president has his facial expressions down pat. Simple Putin even has a Joe Biden lookalike in its videos, too. The result is the silliest geopolitical comedy since Veep.
I don’t know if Putin himself has any interest in Squid Game, but his alternative lifestyle is a hit with short-form viewers. During the first week of May, Simple Putin added 276.4 million weekly views, which was 64% more traffic than the amount it received the week before. The Russian channel moved from 97th place up to 29th, and it also crossed three million subscribers as well.
I’m kind of hoping the real Putin doesn’t find his way to this Simple channel, because I’m not convinced he would take it well. No one likes to be the butt of the joke — but there are definitely a few Simple Putin videos that the Russian leader would find amusing.
Here’s a breakdown of the Top 50 Most Viewed channels this week in terms of their countries of origin:
- United States: 13 channels in the Top 50.
- India: 11 channels in the Top 50.
- Russia and South Korea: 4 channels in the Top 50.
- Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, and Turkey: 2 channels in the Top 50.
- China, El Salvador, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam: 1 channel each in the Top 50.
This week, 36 channels in the Top 50 are primarily active on YouTube Shorts.
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