Friday, February 14, 2020

Changing Channel

I guess it’s been a while since I checked to see what people are watching most on The Rap Sheet’s YouTube channel, which is devoted primarily to the main title sequences from TV crime dramas—the more obscure or forgotten, the better. And much has changed since I last posted the video standings, almost eight years ago.

According to that channel’s analytics page, the site currently has 6,181 subscribers (up by 196 in just the last month). And it has clocked in what seems a whopping 8,205,190 pageviews since the channel’s inception in 2010. Here are the top 10 most-viewed intros:

1. Quincy, M.E. (349,319 views)
2. McCloud (272,519)
3. The Wild Wild West (236,000)
4. The Untouchables (228,963)
5. How the West Was Won (211,838)
6. Night Gallery (194,718)
7. S.W.A.T. (155,993)
8. Silk Stalkings (152,442)
9. House of Cards (148,527)
10. Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer (139,195)

Also big draws are the main titles from the NBC Mystery Movie, L.A. Law, Scarecrow & Mrs. King, Cade’s County, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Interestingly, the second-highest vote-getter eight years ago—the opening from Wiseguy—has tumbled to the 20th spot, while the previously top-ranked introduction to Crazy Like a Fox is now in 22nd place. None of the other top-10 videos from 2012 currently appear among the channel’s top 40 most-watched videos.

Our YouTube channel boasts 241 videos, with more to come.


Craig said...

One reason your link to "Wiseguy" dropped may be that when you click on it, you get a non-functioning video and this message: "Video unavailable
This video contains content from AdRevEnt_managed, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."

J. Kingston Pierce said...

Hah! I'd forgotten about that message. Since I was the one who posted that video, it doesn't show up on my machine.


J. Kingston Pierce said...

To make up for YouTube blocking my "Wiseguy" intro, I have installed that same main title sequence here: