It didn’t take long for YouTube‘s original content channels to come of age. Google started funding them in late 2011 — and just this month execs presented YouTube’s channels to advertisers as an alternative to conventional television in the 2012-13 upfront market. Now that they’re starting to become a force in media and entertainment, we decided it’s time to help you keep track of them. And we begin today. Each week, Deadline will rank channels by their weekly views. The data will come from VidStatsX; for this week we used its numbers for the top 50 with information for the rest compiled by our parent company, PMC. Channels highlighted in beige were launched after Google introduced its original channels program in November. Others were already up and running. Full disclosure: PMC owns ENTV, which is represented on the list of new services. Here’s the list for the week ending May 23:
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