PDS Analytics

Defranco gets ~150,000 fewer views when he’s alone in the thumbnail

I went through the 900+ thumbnails from Defranco’s YouTube channel (gotten with YouTube’s API and python’s request package), and annotated them as just having Phil (By Himself), or having Phil with others (With Others). I then plotted both. Defranco was alone in 67 thumbnails, but it’s clear he gets ~150,000 fewer views when he’s alone in the thumbnail (and it’s statistically significant). To get a sense of how significant it is, and to combat the uneven classes, I randomly sampled 67 videos from the “With Others” category 10,000 times, and found that only 6 of those 10,000 times did the random sample underperform the actual “By Himself” category (depicted by the vertical red line, empirical p-value 0.0006). Thus, a lot of compelling evidence suggests that Defranco gets fewer views when he’s by himself.

Watch the PDS that was posted on your birthday!

January 2: 1
January 3: 1
January 4: 1
January 5: 1
January 6: 1
January 7: 1
January 8: 1, 2, 3
January 9: 1, 2, 3
January 10: 1, 2, 3
January 11: 1, 2, 3
January 12: 1, 2
January 13: 1
January 14: 1, 2
January 15: 1, 2, 3
January 16: 1, 2
January 17: 1, 2, 3
January 18: 1, 2, 3
January 19: 1, 2
January 20: 1, 2
January 21: 1
January 22: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
January 23: 1, 2, 3
January 24: 1, 2, 3
January 25: 1, 2, 3
January 26: 1, 2
January 27: 1, 2
January 28: 1, 2
January 29: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
January 30: 1, 2, 3
January 31: 1, 2, 3
February 1: 1, 2, 3
February 2: 1, 2
February 3: 1, 2
February 4: 1, 2, 3
February 5: 1, 2, 3, 4
February 6: 1, 2, 3
February 7: 1, 2, 3
February 8: 1, 2, 3
February 9: 1, 2
February 10: 1, 2
February 11: 1, 2, 3
February 12: 1, 2, 3, 4
February 13: 1, 2, 3
February 14: 1, 2
February 15: 1, 2
February 16: 1, 2
February 17: 1
February 18: 1, 2
February 19: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
February 20: 1, 2, 3
February 21: 1, 2, 3
February 22: 1, 2, 3
February 24: 1, 2
February 25: 1, 2
February 26: 1, 2, 3, 4
February 27: 1, 2, 3
February 28: 1, 2
March 1: 1, 2, 3
March 2: 1, 2, 3
March 3: 1, 2
March 4: 1, 2, 3
March 5: 1, 2, 3, 4
March 6: 1, 2
March 7: 1, 2, 3
March 8: 1, 2, 3
March 9: 1, 2, 3
March 10: 1, 2
March 11: 1, 2
March 12: 1, 2, 3, 4
March 13: 1, 2, 3
March 14: 1, 2, 3
March 15: 1, 2
March 16: 1, 2, 3
March 17: 1, 2
March 18: 1, 2, 3
March 19: 1, 2, 3
March 20: 1, 2, 3, 4
March 21: 1, 2, 3, 4
March 22: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
March 23: 1, 2, 3, 4
March 24: 1, 2, 3
March 25: 1, 2
March 26: 1, 2, 3, 4
March 27: 1, 2, 3, 4
March 28: 1, 2, 3, 4
March 29: 1, 2, 3, 4
March 30: 1, 2, 3, 4
March 31: 1, 2
April 1: 1, 2, 3, 4
April 2: 1, 2, 3, 4
April 3: 1, 2, 3, 4
April 4: 1, 2, 3, 4
April 5: 1, 2
April 6: 1, 2, 3
April 7: 1, 2
April 8: 1, 2, 3
April 9: 1, 2, 3, 4
April 10: 1, 2, 3, 4
April 11: 1, 2, 3, 4
April 12: 1, 2, 3
April 13: 1, 2, 3, 4
April 14: 1, 2, 3
April 15: 1, 2
April 16: 1, 2, 3
April 17: 1
April 18: 1, 2
April 19: 1, 2
April 20: 1, 2, 3
April 21: 1, 2
April 22: 1, 2, 3
April 23: 1, 2, 3, 4
April 24: 1, 2, 3, 4
April 25: 1, 2, 3, 4
April 26: 1, 2, 3
April 27: 1, 2, 3
April 28: 1
April 29: 1
April 30: 1, 2, 3
May 1: 1, 2, 3
May 2: 1, 2, 3
May 3: 1
May 4: 1, 2
May 5: 1
May 6: 1, 2
May 7: 1, 2, 3, 4
May 8: 1, 2, 3, 4
May 9: 1, 2, 3, 4
May 10: 1, 2
May 11: 1, 2, 3
May 12: 1, 2
May 13: 1, 2
May 14: 1, 2, 3
May 15: 1, 2, 3
May 16: 1, 2, 3
May 17: 1, 2
May 18: 1, 2, 3
May 19: 1, 2, 3
May 20: 1, 2
May 21: 1, 2, 3, 4
May 22: 1, 2, 3
May 23: 1, 2, 3
May 24: 1, 2, 3
May 25: 1, 2, 3
May 26: 1, 2, 3
May 27: 1, 2, 3
May 28: 1, 2, 3, 4
May 29: 1, 2
May 30: 1, 2, 3
May 31: 1, 2, 3
June 1: 1, 2, 3
June 2: 1, 2
June 3: 1, 2, 3
June 4: 1, 2, 3, 4
June 5: 1, 2, 3
June 6: 1, 2, 3
June 7: 1, 2, 3
June 8: 1, 2
June 9: 1, 2
June 10: 1, 2
June 11: 1, 2, 3
June 12: 1, 2, 3
June 13: 1, 2, 3
June 14: 1, 2, 3
June 15: 1, 2
June 16: 1, 2
June 17: 1, 2
June 18: 1, 2, 3
June 19: 1, 2, 3
June 20: 1, 2, 3
June 21: 1, 2, 3
June 22: 1, 2
June 23: 1
June 24: 1, 2
June 25: 1, 2, 3
June 26: 1, 2, 3
June 27: 1, 2, 3
June 28: 1, 2, 3
June 29: 1, 2, 3
June 30: 1, 2
July 1: 1, 2
July 2: 1, 2, 3, 4
July 3: 1, 2, 3
July 4: 1, 2, 3
July 5: 1, 2, 3
July 6: 1, 2, 3
July 7: 1, 2
July 8: 1, 2
July 9: 1, 2, 3
July 10: 1, 2, 3
July 11: 1, 2, 3
July 12: 1, 2
July 13: 1, 2, 3
July 14: 1, 2
July 15: 1, 2
July 16: 1, 2, 3
July 17: 1, 2, 3
July 18: 1, 2, 3
July 19: 1, 2
July 20: 1, 2, 3
July 21: 1
July 22: 1, 2
July 23: 1, 2, 3
July 24: 1, 2, 3
July 25: 1, 2, 3
July 26: 1, 2
July 27: 1, 2, 3
July 28: 1, 2
July 29: 1, 2
July 30: 1, 2
July 31: 1, 2, 3
August 1: 1, 2, 3
August 2: 1, 2
August 3: 1, 2, 3
August 4: 1, 2, 3
August 5: 1, 2, 3
August 6: 1, 2, 3
August 7: 1, 2, 3
August 8: 1, 2, 3
August 9: 1, 2
August 10: 1, 2, 3
August 11: 1, 2
August 12: 1, 2
August 13: 1, 2, 3
August 14: 1, 2, 3
August 15: 1, 2, 3
August 16: 1, 2
August 17: 1, 2, 3
August 18: 1
August 19: 1, 2
August 20: 1, 2, 3
August 21: 1, 2, 3, 4
August 22: 1, 2, 3, 4
August 23: 1, 2, 3
August 24: 1, 2, 3
August 25: 1, 2
August 26: 1, 2
August 27: 1, 2, 3
August 28: 1, 2, 3
August 29: 1, 2, 3, 4
August 30: 1, 2
August 31: 1, 2, 3
September 1: 1
September 2: 1
September 3: 1, 2
September 4: 1, 2, 3
September 5: 1, 2, 3, 4
September 6: 1, 2, 3
September 7: 1, 2
September 8: 1
September 9: 1, 2
September 10: 1, 2, 3
September 11: 1, 2, 3, 4
September 12: 1, 2, 3
September 13: 1, 2
September 14: 1, 2, 3
September 15: 1
September 16: 1, 2
September 17: 1, 2, 3
September 18: 1, 2, 3
September 19: 1, 2, 3
September 20: 1, 2
September 21: 1, 2
September 22: 1, 2
September 23: 1, 2
September 24: 1, 2, 3
September 25: 1, 2, 3
September 26: 1, 2, 3
September 27: 1, 2
September 28: 1, 2, 3
September 29: 1, 2
September 30: 1, 2
October 1: 1, 2, 3
October 2: 1, 2, 3
October 3: 1, 2, 3
October 4: 1, 2
October 5: 1, 2
October 6: 1, 2
October 7: 1, 2
October 8: 1, 2, 3, 4
October 9: 1, 2, 3
October 10: 1, 2, 3
October 11: 1, 2
October 12: 1, 2
October 13: 1, 2
October 14: 1
October 15: 1, 2
October 16: 1, 2, 3
October 17: 1, 2, 3
October 18: 1, 2
October 19: 1, 2, 3
October 20: 1, 2
October 21: 1, 2
October 22: 1, 2, 3
October 23: 1, 2, 3, 4
October 24: 1, 2, 3, 4
October 25: 1, 2, 3
October 26: 1, 2
October 27: 1
October 28: 1, 2
October 29: 1, 2, 3
October 30: 1, 2, 3
October 31: 1, 2, 3
November 1: 1, 2, 3
November 2: 1, 2, 3
November 3: 1
November 4: 1, 2, 3
November 5: 1, 2, 3
November 6: 1, 2, 3
November 7: 1, 2, 3, 4
November 8: 1, 2
November 9: 1, 2, 3
November 10: 1
November 11: 1, 2
November 12: 1, 2, 3
November 13: 1, 2
November 14: 1, 2, 3, 4
November 15: 1, 2
November 16: 1, 2, 3
November 17: 1, 2
November 18: 1, 2
November 19: 1, 2
November 20: 1, 2, 3
November 21: 1, 2
November 22: 1
November 23: 1, 2
November 24: 1
November 25: 1
November 26: 1
November 27: 1, 2
November 28: 1, 2
November 29: 1, 2
November 30: 1, 2
December 1: 1, 2, 3
December 2: 1, 2
December 3: 1, 2, 3
December 4: 1, 2, 3, 4
December 5: 1, 2, 3
December 6: 1, 2, 3
December 7: 1, 2, 3
December 8: 1
December 9: 1, 2
December 10: 1, 2, 3
December 11: 1, 2, 3, 4
December 12: 1, 2, 3
December 13: 1, 2, 3
December 14: 1, 2, 3
December 15: 1, 2
December 16: 1, 2
December 17: 1, 2, 3
December 18: 1, 2, 3, 4
December 19: 1, 2, 3
December 20: 1, 2, 3
December 21: 1, 2
December 22: 1

Phil gets more views on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays than he does on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Binning each video by weekday (and ignoring the weekends since there are so few videos there), it’s clear that Monday/Wednesday/Friday are Phil’s better videos than Tuesday/Thursday. These results are statistically significant. Below are the most- and least-watched videos of each given day. It’s worth noting that every one of the least viewed shows is not a regular PDS. It seems like PDSs are really what drive views.

DayMost ViewedLeast Viewed
MondayWOW… We Need To Talk About This…A Quick Look Back. (DeFranco Rewind)
TuesdayWhy The Fousey Drake Situation Is REALLY Troubling, Amazon Boycotts, & Trump Russia Flip Flop?Why France Recognized Lightsaber Dueling As An Official Sport
WednesdayDISGUSTING! Deleted Video Exposes HUGE Problem In DO5 YouTube ScandalHow Krispy Kreme’s Owners Exposed Their Own Dark Past & More…
Thursday(Update To Story In Description) Shane Dawson Accusations, H&M Diversity, & MoreWhat Happens When A Wildfire Destroys Your Home…
FridayDr. Fauci Answers DeFranco’s Questions About Coronavirus | COVID-19 Facts With FauciLibya Facing HUGE Crisis Following Civil War And Renegade General Haftar’s Takeover Attempt…
SaturdayBREAKING: Joe Biden Elected 46th President of the United States.How A Big Pharma Company Defrauded Doctors and Addicts, Making MILLIONS Off Of Opioid Crisis…
SundayA Conversation With Ep. 1 – Casey Neistat Responds to Controversy & Backlash, Reveals Beme’s FutureHow Giant African Rats Are Sniffing Out Landmines and Saving Lives

Philip DeFranco has lost an average of 640,000 views a day since the 2017 algorithm change

I got all of the 939 available videos on Philly D’s YouTube channel, binned them by year, and plotted the number of views each got. It’s very clear that he was gutted by the YouTube recommendation algorithm in 2017. Even though he’s routinely getting >1,000,000 views, he used to get closer to 1.6 million. In fact, the LEAST viewed video he has from 2017 is is AVERAGE view-count in 2021. The following are the most and least viewed videos by year:

YearMost ViewedLeast Viewed
2017WOW… We Need To Talk About This…SKETCHY or JUSTIFIED?! Breaking Down FBI Director James Comey’s Firing and more
2018We Need To Talk About The Logan Paul Problem, New Escalations, and More…What Happens When A Wildfire Destroys Your Home…
2019Why James Charles’ Historic Downfall Is SO Different. Tati Westbrook, Jeffree Star, & More…How Giant African Rats Are Sniffing Out Landmines and Saving Lives
2020Dr. Fauci Answers DeFranco’s Questions About Coronavirus | COVID-19 Facts With FauciSNEAKY Private Speech Crackdown OR Exploitation Prevention? | The EARN IT Act Explained…
2021Let’s Talk New Disgusting David Dobrik Durte Dom Accusations & This Horrifying Situation in GeorgiaDISGUSTING Buckkerz Freakout Video Exposes Horrible Dad… (Part 1 Friday PDS) (Excluding yesterday’s)

Enjoying this? Please consider supporting!

Close Bitnami banner
Bitnami