It’s been quite a rollercoaster race on YouTube between PewDiePie and T Series over the past few months. Let’s take a look at 15 numbers that defined the story.
#1 T-Series is now two million subscribers ahead of PewDiePie, and are well on the way to 100 million subscribers. As of time of this recording, they collectively have 193 million subscribers. Which puts them population wise, almost on the par with the African country of Nigeria. The trouble with these stats is that they go out of date very, very quickly. So if we were to look back on the PewDiePie vs. T-Series subscribers ranks. Where would we start and where would we finish? Let’s take a look.
#2 It’s only fair to use FlareTV as a starting point. Their 24/7 streamer live sub count was the first and is still running today. They first started their stream, way back on the first of September 2018. As for when the race finished. Well you could either pick the last date, PewDiePie was in the lead or, the date on which he officially ended the campaign with his video. Which was on April 28th and that's the one we're going to go with. And how many days are there between the, first of September 2018 and the 28th of April 2019? I'm glad you asked - its 239. And when you have some fixed dates to use as reference points, you can start to have fun with the data.
#3 For example on September the first 2018, PewDiePie has 65.76 million subscribers. 239 days later, he had 95.05 million subscribers. An increase of 29.29 million subscribers.
#4 As for T-Series, back on 1st of September, they still had some chasing to do as they were on 60.07 million subscribers. But by the end they were on, 96.27 million subscribers, which was an increase of 36.13 million subscribers. In those 239 days.
#5 And if you have a set number of days, then you know we total the number of subscribers gained in that time. What you can work out next, is the average number of subscribers per day. PewDiePie gained 123K subscribers per day. T-Series 147K subscribers per day. Whatever way you look at it, the numbers are already astronomical. And we haven't even started yet. Because you see, everybody's been focused on the subscriber rate between PewDiePie and T-Series. But what do all of the subscribers do? They click on videos and watch them. So what about the views.
#6 Well forget the millions, now the numbers are moving into the billions. PewDiePie's channel started this race on 18.64 billion views and by the of it he had 21.27 billion views. An increase of 2.63 billion views. That's the equivalent of one in every three people on the entire planet watching one of PewDiePie's videos.
#7 And if you thought that was impressive, you haven’t seen anything yet. T-Series already had 46.89 billion views, before this race started. And now they have 68.92 billion views - an increase of 22.03 billion views. That's more views than PewDiePie's entire channel, in 239 days.
#8 When you boil down those numbers into averages, PewDiePie's channel earned 11 million views a day. While T-Series brought in an astronomical 92.2 million views a day. Now if my maths are right, that works out at 3.8M views an hour or 1056 views per second.
#9 Let’s take a look at the record-breaking days. PewDiePie's best subscriber day of the whole race, was December 1st 2018, when he gained 544 thousand subscribers. His best viewing day was on April 1st, when the channel brought 25 million views and 308K subscribers.
#10 For T-Series, well their best day was also December 1st 2018 with 326K subscribers. They're best viewing day was April 18th with 122 million views, and 176 thousand subscribers.
#11 As for record-breaking videos, we can't avoid PewDiePie's, two diss-tracks on the subscriber race. Which to date, have collectively brought in, over 200 million views. These two videos are now PewDiePie's, most popular videos on his entire channel.
#12 As you might expect, T-Series never directly address the subscriber race with a song. Their most popular video during the race, was SIMMBA: Aankh Marey with over half a billion views. But it is by no means the popular video on their entire channel.
#13 2017 days - the combined total of time, PewDiePie has spent as the most subscribed channel on YouTube.
#14 April the 14th 2019 - the day T-Series, took the crown and, they have remained there ever since.
#15 Since we know the total number of days, that gives us the total number of subscribers and views for both channels during this race. What conversion rate does that give us for, views per subscribers? Or what I like to call VPS. PewDiePie gained a new subscriber for every 89. 7 views. While it took T-Series, 654.2 views for every subscriber they earned.
Wasn't that all absolutely fascinating?
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Rob is our resident video guy. He started out on YouTube in 2012, building up a tech channel to over 100,000 subscribers and 30,000,000 views before joining the vidIQ team. Today he is hard at work sharing everything he has learned on the YouTube platform; educating video creators on how to grow their own channels and turn hobbies into careers - just like Rob did in 2017.