See your live stream’s metrics

When you live stream on YouTube you check your stream's performance. You'll get different metrics depending on whether you use Stream now, Events, or mobile.

 

From Live Control Room

On desktop

You can check your stream’s health and analytics while you’re streaming in Live Control Room. From your stream dashboard, you can see:

Stream health

  • Stream status: Health of the stream currently being sent to YouTube from your mobile device. Stream status includes specific error messages with instructions

Real-time analytics

  • Concurrent viewers: The number of simultaneous viewers. Peak concurrent is the highest number of viewers during a live stream.
  • Duration: How long the stream has lasted.
  • Likes: The total number of users that have liked the stream. Likes transfer to the VOD archive of the live stream.
  • Chat rate: Rate of chat at a given time of the stream
  • Playbacks: The number of times a video has been loaded including page refreshes. Changing video resolution doesn’t count.
  • Average watchtime: Total time viewers have watched this stream divided by the number of playbacks.

Post-stream analytics

When you finish a live stream, there's a quick snapshot of your stream metrics.

  • Playbacks: The number of times a browser or device started playing the stream.
  • New Subscribers: The number of users who subscribed to your channel during the stream.
  • Total watch time: The total time the event was played across all views.
  • Peak concurrents: The highest number of views during the stream.
  • Duration: The length of time the stream was live.

Avg. watch time: The average time a viewer watched the stream.

On mobile

Mobile live streams show several metrics while you're live. These metrics include:

Stream health

  • Stream status: Health of the stream currently being sent to YouTube from your mobile device. Stream status includes specific error messages with instructions

Real-time analytics

  • Concurrent viewers: The number of simultaneous viewers. Peak concurrent is the highest number of viewers during a live stream.
  • Duration: How long the stream has lasted.
  • Live chat messages: These messages can be turned off or filtered for Super Chat messages. To turn off or filter, tap the button at the center bottom.
  • Likes: The total number of users that have liked the stream. Likes transfer to the VOD archive of the live stream.

Post-stream analytics

When you finish a mobile live stream, there's a quick snapshot of your stream metrics.

  • Playbacks: The number of times a browser or device started playing the stream.
  • New Subscribers: The number of users who subscribed to your channel during the stream.
  • Total watch time: The total time the event was played across all views.
  • Peak concurrents: The highest number of views during the stream.
  • Duration: The length of time the stream was live.

Avg. watch time: The average time a viewer watched the stream.

From YouTube Analytics

In YouTube Analytics you are able to sort by Live, On demand, or Live & on demand.

You’ll get Watch Time Reports for individual videos or for a channel, like regular uploads.

Reports include:

  • Watch Time
  • Audience Retention
  • Demographics
  • Playback Locations
  • Traffic Sources and Devices

You can get more info about the data available in the Watch Time report.

In Live streaming you can check Peak concurrents and chat messages. The report is available at the video level and metrics are available in YouTube Analytics within minutes after your live stream ends. You can download the data as a CSV file.

Data in YouTube Analytics is based on Video ID.  The data is processed and despammed and measures different info than what you get in the Live Control Room.

Learn more about Super Chat Reporting.

Note: Interaction reports and revenue reports aren't available when filtering for live. You'll get this error message: This data is not available by live/on demand. Please select "Live & on demand" or switch to a different report.
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