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The leading channels in this week’s U.S. Top 50 have ascended to their lofty chart positions by offering both long-form and short-form content. In terms of weekly YouTube views, creators who can utilize multiple formats get a leg up on their competition.
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The current occupant of the #1 spot in the U.S. Top 50 is someone who believes in YouTube’s multiformat approach and uses it to great effect.
Move over, Jason Derulo. Last week’s #1 finisher is out of the top spot, with MrBeast replacing him at the front of the U.S. Top 50. Jimmy Donaldson has turned his primary channel into the most-watched U.S.-based hub by uploading Shorts alongside his spectacular big-budget videos. The MrBeast channel earned 540.3 million views during the week that was. The North Carolina-based creator has a chance to reach 35 billion lifetime YouTube views on his main channel before the end of the year.
Another longtime chart entrant claimed the #2 spot in the latest U.S. Top 50. CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes had a long streak of #1 finishes at the start of 2023, but in most weeks since then, the California-based producer of kid-friendly animations has had to settle for other positions in the top five. It secured a second straight runner-up placement after picking up 519.3 million weekly views. With more than 168 billion lifetime views, CoComelon holds the all-time traffic record among U.S.-based YouTube channels.
Dylan Anderson continued his own strong year by earning a third-place finish in the U.S. Top 50. Anderson uses YouTube Shorts to share stories that range across a variety of moods, including joy, melancholy, and inspiration. His particular approach to the short-form game earned him 407.4 million views during the week that was. If he keeps up his current pace, he’ll soon eclipse ten million subscribers on his primary channel.
Toys and Colors moved into fourth place in the U.S. Top 50. The kid-friendly hub has become a trusted name in children’s entertainment, accruing nearly 50 billion lifetime YouTube views in the process. 364.2 million of those views came during the second full week of September, when Toys and Colors moved up three spots to crack the U.S. top five.
ViralHog rounds out this week’s U.S. top five. The channel known for aggregating short-form hits collected 354.4 million weekly views to finish just ahead of last week’s top finisher.
On his YouTube channel, the creator behind Zack D. Films shares, in his own words, “a collection of things I find interesting.” It turns out that the subjects piquing Zack’s curiosity are also of interest to the Shorts-watching public.
The main Zack D. Films channel has only been active on YouTube for two years. In that time, the titular host of the Zack D. videos has explored hundreds of subjects by using a similar narration style as top Shorts creators like Dylan Anderson.
Of all those explorations, Zack D’s most-watched Short is on the simple side: It explains why McDonald’s includes such an odd-looking spoon with its McFlurry orders. That video may have received a boost when the “Grimace shake” trend captivated the short-form world earlier this summer.
Other Zack D. videos embark into territory that has been traveled by other highly-ranked Shorts creators. His interest in magic aligns him with U.S. Chart Toppers like Justin Flom, and his deconstruction of Vladimir Putin’s walk puts him in the company of channels like Simple Putin.
Zack D’s interests strike a balance between major short-form trends and esoterica. That approach helped the upstart creator jump to 43rd place in the U.S. Top 50. He broke into the American ranking by increasing his traffic by 12% week-over-week, which allowed him to move up 12 chart positions. He now has more than five billion lifetime views on YouTube.
The interests explored on the Zack D Films channel have brought the titular host into the spotlight. Now, there are plenty of people who are interested in him — and that number is currently trending up.
This week, there are 34 YouTube Shorts channels in the U.S. Top 50.