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Will the watch hours decrease if I delete a video in YouTube?
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Hi Epontius,

its really interesting topic too for me about this watch hours.

you said that the total watch hours will be impacted if we deleting videos but i read on Youtube Help it say :

"After you delete a video, the video URL and title will no longer be visible or searchable in YouTube Analytics. Data associated with the video, such as watch time, will still be part of aggregate reports, but will not be attributed to the deleted video."

can you explain about this im still kinda confused

thanks
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@Wempi Saoli

The question was referring to qualifying for the YouTube Partner Program. This is counting only public and active videos...no deleted, private or unlisted.

The HC is referring to YouTube Analytics and the reports shown there. The data for the video still exists within the reports they show. The data won't disappear even though the videos were deleted, you may just not be able to drill down into the data with deleted videos.
e end of the two weeks later you deleted the video, YouTube analytics would still include those 

Where it isn't reflected is with the views as shown on your YouTube studio dashboard as they will not include deleted video views, but will include private and unlisted views.
However, on your views as shown on your channel to the deleted, private and unlisted won't be included only public.

For example, if you had a video you posted at the beginning of the month and it got 1000 views and watch time, then at the end of the month you deleted the video, YouTube Analytics would still show and include the 1000 views and its watch time in the monthly report.
However, on the channel's "about" page and the dashboard, the number of views would be reduced by 1000 views.
If you unlisted the video at the end of the month instead of deleting it, Analytics would still show the 1000 views and its watch time for the month. The channel dashboard would still show it including the 1000 views. But the channel's about page view count would be reduced by 1000 views.


As it pertains to qualifying for the YouTube Partner Program, as this question was about, watch time from deleted, private and unlisted videos are not included in the metrics which would qualify the channel, only  watch time from public views.

The point of the requirements and review is to gauge the past performance of the channel as a way of predicting the future performance of the channel.
So if you had one or two high view count/high watch time videos, that were removed due to copyright or because they would not qualify for monetization or because they would reflect poorly on the channel, while the rest of your channel's videos don't actually perform well, the channel wouldn't be a good candidate for monetization even though it the channel may have enough historical watch time to technically qualify.
And even in that case, once a channel meets the requirements for watch time and subscribers, it still has to go through a manual review and at that point the channel would be rejected anyway since it nothing currently on the channel has the performance to back the faulty watch time data.
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@epontius

i get it now
its very clear and satisfying answer now i understand about this 'watch hours' impact to our channel

i really appreciate for your answer thank you
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I have same issue bro hope by making public again will can see the watch hour again
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