Get an overview of channel performance

The Overview tab in YouTube Analytics offers a high-level summary of how your channel and videos are performing on YouTube. Use it to quickly see key stats for your entire channel or individual videos.

Access the Overview tab

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the left menu, select Analytics.
  3. The Overview tab will appear by default.

Key metrics card

The key metrics card on the Overview tab shows your overall performance with watch time, views, and subscriber metrics:

  • Watch time: The amount of time that a viewer has watched a video
  • Subscribers: The number of viewers who have subscribed to your channel
  • Views: The number of legitimate views for your channels or videos

You’ll see video icons  below the card to indicate when you published videos. If you’re part of the YouTube Partner Program, you’ll also see revenue data. If you click SEE MORE to expand it, you’ll see impressions and impressions click-through rate data.

The key metrics card also appears on other YouTube Analytics tabs, like the Reach and Interest tabs. On other tabs, the key metrics card will have different metrics related to that particular goal. If you’re viewing analytics for your entire channel, you can click SEE MORE to expand, and add additional metrics from any tab.

Realtime activity

This report gives you early insights into the performance of your most recently published videos so you can improve their promotion strategy. Use the Realtime activity report to see estimated views data for your most viewed videos.

You can see the Realtime activity report for your entire channel or for a specific video. Select SEE MORE to expand the report. Once expanded, you’ll see a longer list of videos, as well as be able to compare 60 minute and 48 hour performance side by side. You can also sort by different columns.

Data display and accuracy

Realtime activity data is estimated and meant to be a general indicator of activity on your videos. You may see differences in data between the Realtime activity report and a video's watch page. Data automatically updates, with a small delay of a few minutes between when a view occurs and when it shows in the report.

Other reports on the Overview tab

Metrics to know

Average view duration Estimated average minutes watched per view for the selected video and date range.
Impressions How many times your thumbnails were shown to viewers on YouTube through registered impressions.
Impressions click-through-rate How often viewers watched a video after seeing a thumbnail.
Likes (vs. dislikes) The percentage of likes on your video.
Subscribers The number of viewers who have subscribed to your channel.
Views The number of legitimate views for your channels or videos.
Watch time (minutes) The amount of time that a viewer has watched a video.
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