Playlists in YouTube Analytics

A playlist on YouTube is a collection of videos that you can create with your uploads and other channel’s videos. YouTube Analytics shows you how the public playlists you created are performing. 

Access the Playlist reports

You can see data for a specific playlist by selecting it from the content picker or searching for it. Note that you can only see data for playlists which contain more than three videos.

In addition, there are two more ways to see Playlist reports:

Logged in as content owner

Select “Playlists” from the drop-down menu to display playlist metrics. A new “Playlist” dimension will appear above the table in the Views and Audience retention report that allows you to see your top playlists. The other dimensions in the table show different breakdowns of your playlist performance.

Logged in as channel

Click on the “Playlist” button below the content search box to display playlist metrics. This selection can be toggled with “Uploads” which will show you the data for all of your videos instead of your playlists. A new “Playlist” dimension will appear above the table in the Views and Audience retention report that allows you to see your top playlists.

Availability of Playlist reports

For playlists, you can see the Overview report and the Views reports. However, data for Earnings or Engagement reports is not available.

Playlist metrics

The following metrics are available to assess the performance of a playlist. You can add these through the “Compare metric” drop-down menu.

  • Views: Video views in the context of a playlist.
  • Estimated minutes watched: Estimated total minutes of viewing time of your video(s) from your audience.
  • Average view duration: Estimated average minutes watched per video view for the selected content, date range and region.
  • Playlist starts (web only): The number of times viewers initiated playback of a playlist.
  • Average time in playlist (web only): Estimated average time watched after a playlist start.
  • Views per playlist start (web only): Average number of video views after a playlist was initiated.

Playlist reports FAQ

Why do I not have the option to select Playlist reports?

In order to see data for playlists, one of your playlists must have been viewed at least once since February 1, 2014.

Why can't I see data for a specific playlist?

YouTube Analytics only shows data for playlists which received views in the selected time period and are public. If you want to track the performance of your private or unlisted playlists, please update their privacy settings.

Does it matter whether I have uploaded all the videos in a playlists?

No, this report shows data regardless of the ownership of the videos; this is a reason we can’t provide earnings data. You can see to which channel a video belongs to when hovering over the video title.

What happens if a video no longer belongs to a playlist?

The video would still show as part of the playlist in the reports if it was part of the playlist during the selected time period.

Why does the total number of videos belonging to a playlist not match the number of videos displayed in the report?

In general, the current number of videos belonging to a playlist can differ from the number of videos you see in the list for a given playlist. This is because a playlist can be modified at any time and we’re displaying historic views if a video was part of a playlist during the specified time period. Also, recently uploaded and added videos might not have accrued views data yet so you won’t see them in the list of videos yet.

Do I need to have uploaded videos in order to see data for playlists I create?

No, you can still see data for playlists without having uploaded your own videos.

How is the playlist mode of “sections” on the channel page captured?

When selecting to “Play all” videos from a channel section, the playlist is shown with the section title.

Can I create YouTube Analytics groups based on playlists?

Yes, you have the option to create groups based on your playlists. Simply select “Create playlist groups” in the Groups drop-down menu.

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