I was really bored over the weekend, so I pulled a bunch of data off of SocialBlade for the top 600 YouTube channels based on their viewcount. I could have also gotten this data from VidStatsX, but for some reason VSX is missing a bunch of channels (I’m 576 on VSX but 598 on SB).
I broke each channel down into 1 genre, of: Music, Comedy, News, Game, TV, Trailers, Bollywood, Education, How To, Animation, Sports, 1-Hit Wonder, Film, and Blog. And looking back, I definitely made some mistakes on what genres to use. Bollywood should have just been part of Film… except Film is for people like Freddiew who make short films on YT. Animation and Education can often go together… as can Education and How To. Blog is hard to classify, as it’s often very similar to Comedy. TV covers a wide range of things, including a ton of Asian TV stations. News is a large catch-all that has the 3 big US networks, PhillyD, and even all the hollywood celeb news channels. Sports is almost all car channels. Even Music has lots of overlap, as I put XFactor there instead of TV, and there are many Animation channels that do songs as well.
Pretty much, it was really confusing and I did the best I could. Through the 1st 300 channels, Music accounted for over 50% of the total channels… but by 400, it had slipped under. The top 100 channels make up almost 90 billion total views. And those 100 channels have roughly the same viewcount as channels 101-500 combined. And, one of the other reasons I did this is that I wanted to track Gaming channels… and it turns out I’m currently the 34th most viewed one.
I don’t plan on updating this data any time soon, on the whole. If you’d like to see all the raw data of the 600 channels, let me know and I’ll be happy to share. I will be tracking the top gaming channels month-to-month… so expect more posts on that going forward.