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. Learn more about playlists on YouTube.
See Playlist data in reports
Creator Studio Classic
- Log in to your Google account.
- In the top right, select your account > Creator Studio.
- Choose the report you want to view and choose one of the ways below to view playlist data.
Logged in as content owner
Select Playlists from the drop-down menu to display playlist metrics.
You'll see a new "Playlist" dimension above the table in the Watch time report and Audience retention report, which lets you 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 metrics, which will show you the data for all of your videos instead of your playlists.
You'll see a new "Playlist" dimension above the table in the Watch time report and Audience retention report, which lets you see your top playlists.
YouTube Studio Beta
- Sign in to YouTube Studio Beta. If you haven't tried the beta, learn more.
- In the left menu, click Analytics.
- Click the Interactive content tab to see info about playlists:
- Number of times playlists were shown: Your most popular playlists
- Top playlists: Your top playlists by watch time
- Video views in playlist: The number of times a video was viewed in a playlist. This doesn't include individual video views that took place outside the playlist.
- Average time in playlist: The average watch time of your playlist compared to the previous period.
- Click the cards to get more info.
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.
- Watch time: Total playlist watch time of your video(s) from your audience.
- Average view duration: Average time 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): 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 FAQWhy don't I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, you can still see data for playlists without having uploaded your own videos.
When selecting to “Play all” videos from a channel section, the playlist is shown with the section title.
Yes, you have the option to create groups based on your playlists. Simply select “Create playlist groups” in the Groups drop-down menu.