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It was another exciting week in our U.S. Top 50. All of the channels in the chart collected at least 110 million weekly views over the past seven days.
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110 million is just the start: The #1 channel in the American ranking outdid that baseline nearly eight times over.
DaFuq!?Boom! is back in the #1 spot after leading the U.S. Top 50 last week. The YouTube Shorts channel scooped up 816.7 million weekly views, which is the most it has ever received over a seven-day span. The animation hub has become the most interesting (and most unusual) YouTube success story of 2023. Its videos of heads popping out of toilets may not be for everyone, but DaFuq!?Boom! has an uncanny ability to tickle the weird side of YouTube. Right now, no one else can keep up.
CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes used to dominate the U.S. Top 50 week after week. But thanks to the ascendance of DaFuq!?Boom!, the Moonbug-owned producer of kid-friendly jingles has been stuck in second place for two consecutive weeks. CoComelon earned its latest runner-up finish by bringing in 448.1 million weekly views. That may be a pedestrian total by CoComelon standards, but even if you cut it in half, it would still be a big enough sum to crack the top 15 in our U.S. ranking.
Like the two channels in front of him, Alan Chikin Chow reached the same chart position he occupied during the previous week. The California-based comedian snagged a second-straight third-place finish in the U.S. Top 50 after earning 340.6 million weekly views. That traffic allowed Chow to reach a major milestone. He now has 25 billion lifetime YouTube views, which is the highest total among all the Shorts-based channels in the U.S. Top 50.
ViralHog is up next in the U.S. Top 50. With its typical collection of trending short-form videos from around the social web, ViralHog was able to cobble together 328.4 million weekly views. That represented a 6% week-over-week increase, which pushed ViralHog up three spots to #4. This short-form standout is clearly pigging out on views — and it’s not alone.
Dylan Anderson is another vertical video creator who has harnessed the power of YouTube Shorts to earn regular trips to our U.S. top five. He landed back in fifth place after his arsenal of aspirational videos earned him 311.4 million weekly views.
There is an entire category of YouTube creators who rake in millions of views by sharing outlandish reactions to viral videos. For Sour King Drew, however, the key to reactions is to not react at all.
Drew is a creator who has collected millions of views on TikTok and YouTube Shorts by taking on food challenges. He tries the spiciest and most sour foods he can find, and no matter how intense their flavors are, he never squirms or makes a face. It’s at the point where I’m wondering whether his taste buds are even working. My guess is that the hot Takis and sour candies are bypassing his mouth and going straight to his colorful head of hair.
Drew’s subdued reactions may not seem like YouTube fodder, but his viewership begs to differ. The candy-chomping creator counted 165 million views during the week that was. That gave him his first-ever appearance in our U.S. Top 50. He reached 27th place and brought his subscriber count above three million.
The so-called Sour King has monetized his love of extreme flavors by selling his own line of mouth-puckering gummies. He’s not the only one getting into that game: Brian ‘FaZe Rug’ Awadis recently rolled out his own sour chews and an accompanying challenge. Awadis is smart to cash in on this trend, but he should be careful. To paraphrase The Wire: If you come at the Sour King, you best not miss.
This week, there are 41 YouTube Shorts channels in the U.S. Top 50.