We’re back, with apologies for missing the last two weeks of data. A lot of people are involved in assembling our weekly rankings of the Google-funded YouTube channels, and too many of us were away at the end of August. We’re working to streamline things so it doesn’t happen again. But the lost weeks mean I can only analyze the change in channel rank, not in views, for the week that ended last Wednesday.
Overall, Thnkr is the week’s big winner measured by rank. It jumped 34 spots to No. 40 — based in part on the site’s intriguing videos tied to the political conventions and speeches. Other gainers include: The Chopra Well (+24 to No. 52), CafeMom Studios (+21 to No. 54), Kin Community (+19 to No. 50), and Awesomeness TV (+18 to No. 6). Decliners include Fawn Inc (-32 to No. 53), Comedy Shaq (-22 to No. 81), H+ Digital Series (-17 to No. 45), NOC (-16 to No. 38), and U Look Haute (-15 to No. 73). There were 82.6M views, the highest number we’ve seen since May when we began tracking the YouTube channels. The top 10 channels accounted for 55% of all views. Awesomeness TV joined that group, and DanceOn made room by falling three places to No. 12.
Close watchers will notice a few changes in the lineup. We’ve added Above Average Network and H+ Digital Series, which were launched after we began tracking the Google-funded channels. Reserve is a new name, but not a new channel: It used to be Taste & Access. And we don’t have stats for 3V Fitness Fail, Alchemy, and Tasted because our data provider says they did not show any new views in the week. In addition, we had trouble getting last week’s rank info for Mondo Media, which throws off its week-over-week change.
VidStatsX supplies our data with one exception: YouTube provides views for the shows it funds on Mondo Media. Channels highlighted in beige are the ones that were launched before Google introduced its original channels program in November. Here’s our latest ranking: