YouTube may have birthed some of the world’s biggest stars in recent years, but surprisingly a channel featuring entirely animated videos has become the first to achieve the milestone of having over one billion viewers weekly.
Jay Jeon, 55, and his anonymous wife, who live in Orange County, California, set up their first YouTube channel aimed at children 13 years ago, but didn’t start to see such unprecedented success until they re-branded as Cocomelon in 2018.
Since becoming Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes, the channel has gained over 82 million subscribers.
US-based YouTube channel Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes, has become the first to achieve over one billion viewers weekly
Boasting over 82 million subscribers, Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes is the most viewed YouTube channel this week.Pictured: Rain, Rain, Go Away
Jay Jeon, 55, and his anonymous wife, had been running a children’s YouTube channel for 13 years before they re-branded in 2018
A recent report of the most viewed YouTube channels, reveals the popular videos have become the first to achieve ‘a ten-digit viewcount in a single seven-day span’.
The unlikely achievement is equal to ‘approximately 142.8 million views per day, 5.9 million views per hour, 99,000 views per minute, and 1,653 views per second,’ according to Tubefilter.
The family-friendly channel posts around two videos each week, featuring a reoccurring cast of characters in various scenarios including performing activities alongside nursery rhymes.
With an estimated net worth of over $317 million, according to Stat Smash, Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes is among the most viewed channels across the globe and is the most watched in the U.S.
Among their most popular videos is their recent Rain, Rain, Go Away and a Bath Song, which has been watched over 2 billion times.
Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes has been listed to join Netflix in June. Pictured: Most viewed video, The Bath Time Song
While Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes is the most viewed channel in the world this week, animated children’s channel, Little Baby Bum – Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs has the highest viewership in the UK.
Many parents have taken to social media to gush about watching the Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes with their children throughout lockdown.
And they will get more opportunities to tune into the channel’s popular clips when Cocomelon gets its own Netflix show on June 1.
Writing on Twitter, one person said: ‘By the time quarantine is over, I’ll be able to sing cocomelon songs back to back’
Another said: ‘Again, this lockdown really forced me to watch along with the kid and I’m now a Cocomelon song and lyrics expert. Kids content is surprisingly nice? Very sweet, full of great messages, super music.’
A stream of viewers have taken to Twitter to reveal the channel has been keeping their children occupied throughout lockdown