Comscore Releases February 2012 U.S. Online Video Rankings

Hulu Streams Record 1.5 Billion Videos Ads in February

RESTON, VA, March 16, 2012 – Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the Comscore Video Metrix service showing that 179 million U.S. Internet users watched nearly 38 billion videos of online video content in February.

Top 10 Video Content Properties by Unique Viewers

Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at, ranked as the top online video content property in February with 147.4 million unique viewers, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 60.9 million, VEVO with 52 million, with 43.6 million and Viacom Digital with 43.2 million. Nearly 38 billion video views occurred during the month, with Google Sites generating the highest number at 16.7 billion, followed by Hulu with 951 million and Yahoo! Sites with 721 million. The average viewer watched 21.8 hours of online video content, with Google Sites (7 hours) and Hulu (3.8 hours) demonstrating the highest average engagement among the top ten properties.

Top U.S. Online Video Content Properties Ranked by Unique Video Viewers
February 2012
Total U.S. – Home and Work Locations
Content Videos Only (Ad Videos Not Included)
Source: Comscore Video Metrix
Property Total Unique Viewers (000) Videos (000)* Minutes per Viewer
Total Internet : Total Audience 179,112 37,791,580 1,305.8
Google Sites 147,426 16,671,058 418.2
Yahoo! Sites 60,882 721,372 67.8
VEVO 52,014 696,969 60.5 43,646 239,861 22.7
Viacom Digital 43,171 482,854 60.4
AOL, Inc. 40,802 442,308 46.1
Microsoft Sites 40,004 570,170 53.5
Comcast NBCUniversal 39,042 205,647 29.0
Hulu 31,021 950,969 226.5
Turner Digital 28,997 268,699 31.9

*A video is defined as any streamed segment of audiovisual content, including both progressive downloads and live streams. For long-form, segmented content, (e.g. television episodes with ad pods in the middle) each segment of the content is counted as a distinct video stream.


Top 10 Video Ad Properties by Video Ads Viewed

Americans viewed 7.5 billion video ads in February, with Hulu delivering a record-high number of video ad impressions at more than 1.5 billion. Google Sites ranked second with 1.1 billion video ads during the month, followed by with 706 million, BrightRoll Video Network with 683 million and Specific Media with 611 million. Time spent watching video ads totaled nearly 3.2 billion minutes, with Hulu delivering the highest duration of video ads at 650 million minutes. Video ads reached 50 percent of the total U.S. population an average of 49 times during the month. Hulu delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 48, while ESPN delivered an average of 26 ads per viewer.

Top U.S. Online Video Ad Properties Ranked by Video Ads* Viewed
February 2012
Total U.S. – Home and Work Locations
Ad Videos Only (Content Videos Not Included)
Source: Comscore Video Metrix
Property Video Ads (000) Total Ad Minutes (MM) Frequency (Ads per Viewer) % Reach Total U.S. Population
Total Internet : Total Audience 7,495,201 3,184 49.1 50.0
Hulu 1,557,832 650 48.2 10.6
Google Sites 1,124,892 119 15.6 23.5 705,719 424 10.6 21.8
BrightRoll Video Network** 683,440 429 6.9 32.4
Specific Media** 611,076 302 7.0 28.5
Tremor Video** 491,050 264 11.4 14.1
ESPN 477,284 165 26.2 6.0
Auditude, Inc.** 411,726 174 10.5 12.8
Microsoft Sites 393,069 154 11.1 11.6
TubeMogul Video Ad Platform** 334,477 148 7.7 14.2

Note: Google Sites’ video ad data includes a sizeable increase vs. previous months due to the recent inclusion of certain YouTube ad formats in our reporting. Any changes vs. previous months should not be treated as organic growth. In addition, Google Sites’ video ad data currently does not include promoted videos on YouTube or homepage ads.
*Video ads include streaming-video advertising only and do not include other types of video monetization, such as overlays, branded players, matching banner ads, homepage ads, etc.
**Indicates video ad network
†Indicates video ad exchange

Top 10 YouTube Partner Channels by Unique Viewers

The February 2012 YouTube partner data revealed that video music channels VEVO (50.8 million viewers) and Warner Music (29.9 million viewers) maintained the top two positions. Gaming channel Machinima ranked third with 22.9 million viewers, followed by Maker Studios Inc. with 14.4 million, FullScreen with 12 million and Warner Bros (The Ellen Show) with 9 million. Among the top 10 YouTube partners, Machinima demonstrated the highest engagement (64 minutes per viewer) closely followed by VEVO (61 minutes per viewer), while VEVO streamed the most videos (674 million) followed by Machinima (344 million).

Top YouTube Partner Channels* Ranked by Unique Video Viewers
February 2012
Total U.S. – Home and Work Locations
Content Videos Only (Ad Videos Not Included)
Source: Comscore Video Metrix
Property Total Unique Viewers (000) Videos (000) Minutes per Viewer
VEVO @ YouTube 50,755 674,126 60.5
Warner Music @ Youtube 29,893 185,032 27.7
Machinima @ YouTube 22,910 343,531 63.7
Maker Studios Inc. @ YouTube 14,432 155,108 47.1
FullScreen @ YouTube 11,999 54,648 19.0
Warner Bros (The Ellen Show) @ YouTube 8,992 38,543 17.8
BroadbandTV @ YouTube 8,626 37,847 16.4
Big Frame @ YouTube 8,072 42,810 20.1
Clevvertv @ YouTube 7,017 13,105 7.8
Demand Media @ YouTube 6,816 17,420 9.5

*YouTube Partner Reporting based on online video content viewing and does not include claimed user-generated content 

Other notable findings from February 2012 include:

  • 83.8 percent of the U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
  • The duration of the average online content video was 6.2 minutes, while the average online video ad was 0.4 minutes.
  • Video ads accounted for 16.6 percent of all videos viewed and 1.3 percent of all minutes spent viewing video online.

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