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This week, we’re welcoming an old favorite back to the #1 spot in the Global Top 50. The leading channel is keeping up with the rise in short-form viewership even though it focuses on long-form content.
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In fact, in this week’s global top five, only one channel operates primarily on YouTube Shorts, with most of the other contenders utilizing multiple formats.
T-Series is back in the driver’s seat. The most-watched and most-subscribed YouTube channel of all time just earned its first #1 finish in months after collecting 547.1 million weekly views. Now that T-Series can once again call itself the most-watched YouTube channel on a week-by-week basis, it can look to other milestones it can achieve in the coming months. T-Series will likely get its 250 millionth subscriber by the end of the year, and it will clinch 250 billion lifetime YouTube views sometime after that.
Another Indian channel is right behind T-Series. KL BRO Biju Rithvik finished second in the Global Top 50, with its 540.1 million weekly views putting it just outside of the top spot. After breaking out on YouTube Shorts, the Malayalam-language channel has consolidated its chart position by sprinkling in some long-form content to go along with its family-oriented short-form fare. Thanks to that combo, KL BRO Biju Rithvik now has more than 20 billion lifetime views on YouTube, even though it’s only been active on the platform for a few years.
Jimmy Donaldson has said that he wants his MrBeast channel to catch T-Series’ subscriber total to avenge his friend PewDiePie. (T-Series took YouTube’s all-time subscriber lead away from Pewds in 2019.) That’s a noble goal for the young North Carolina native, but Donaldson still has a ways to go before he catches T-Series. The 484.9 million weekly views he got on the main MrBeast channel put him in third place in the Global Top 50, but even with that impressive finish, he fell about 60 million views short of T-Series’ world-beating pace.
CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes jumped back into the global top five this week, reaching fourth place. The U.S.-based producer of kid-friendly animations dominated this chart at the start of the year, and it is one of the only channels other than MrBeast that can keep up with T-Series’ torrid pace. By getting 450.6 million weekly views, CoComelon brought its lifetime YouTube total up to 166 billion — and that’s only on its main channel.
TheSoul Music FUN rounds out this week’s global top five. The tuneful hub pass one billion lifetime YouTube views after snagging 434.1 million weekly views.
As we did last week, we’re taking a look at a Japanese creator in our Top Gainers section. But instead of breaking down a family-friendly operation like Yoshipapa, we’re going to dissect whatever the heck is going on over at Junya‘s channel.
Junya, who has become a regular in the Global Top 50, is part of a wave of Japanese comedians who are making their mark on YouTube Shorts. With his fast-paced antics and vocal acrobatics, he has several stylistic similarities to his compatriot Sagawa.
There’s another character who can be compared to Junya: Spongebob Squarepants. After all, Junya loves a yellow shirt, and his high-pitched laugh is ubiquitous in his videos. And based on how well his humor has connected with younger generations, I wouldn’t be surprised if Junya lives in a pineapple under the sea, too.
Junya doesn’t need a loyal starfish friend or a clarinet-playing squid neighbor to make his mark on contemporary culture. All by himself, he picked up 213.4 million weekly views on YouTube during our most recent seven-day measurement period. That was good for a 19% week-over-week bump, and Junya made it back to 49th place after landing outside the Top 50 a week prior.
Need more convincing? Just check out this video (which has 216 million views on YouTube) and count the number of Christmas references. Anyone who is influential enough to make summer Christmas a thing gets my respect.
Here’s a breakdown of the Top 50 Most Viewed channels this week in terms of their countries of origin:
- United States: 18 channels in the Top 50.
- India: 11 channels in the Top 50.
- Japan: 4 channels in the Top 50.
- Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey, and Vietnam: 2 channels in the Top 50.
- Belgium, El Salvador, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates: 1 channel each in the Top 50.
This week, 31 channels in the Top 50 are primarily active on YouTube Shorts.