Most Popular Facebook Shows: So Far, They’re a Lot of Viral Videos

It’s been five days since Facebook started opening up Watch, its new video guide for longer-form content, to U.S. users — and the most popular stuff trending in the first week is viral clips, rather than longer-form, TV-like episodes.

Out of several hundred shows on Watch, the most-watched video so far: The funeral-prank premiere episode of A&E’s “Bae or Bail,” which has notched more than 22 million views. In the four-and-a-half-minute clip, three different people punk their significant others at a fake funeral (supposedly of a coworker’s relative) in which the corpse springs from the coffin after a voodoo ritual. The episode has more than 100,000 reactions and has been shared more than 200,000 times.

 

To be sure, some of the Facebook-funded shows are hitting high marks. The first episode of Mike Rowe’s “Returning the Favor,” a docu-series recognizing local heroes, has 11.8 million views. Conde Nast Entertainment’s debut ep of “Virtually Dating” featuring a VR blind date set in outer space has 7.6 million views, while “Ball in the Family,” the reality series featuring LaVar Ball and his basketball-playing brood, has notched 5.5 million in the first five days for the premiere segment.

Here are the top-performing episodes of the shows in Facebook’s Watch, with view counts to date:

  • A&E’s “Bae or Bail”: “Funeral Prank,” 22.2 million
  • The Dodo, “Comeback Kids: Animal Edition”: “Dog Who Lost Her Legs Was Determined To Walk Again,” 13.1 million
  • Mike Rowe’s “Returning the Favor”: “Operation Combat Bikesaver,” 11.8 million
  • Ray William Johnson’s The Funny Page: “You’re Infected, Bro,” 9.3 million
  • Conde Nast Entertainment, “Virtually Dating”: “VR Blind Date in Outer Space,”  7.6 million
  • Ray William Johnson’s The Funny Page: “When She Finally Leaves You,” 5.7 million
  • “Ball in the Family: ” Bittersweet Victory,” 5.5 million
  • Ray William Johnson’s The Funny Page: “You’re Trying Too Hard,” 5.1 million
  • Ray William Johnson’s The Funny Page: “Accidental Dick Pic,” 4.8 million
  • Mike Rowe’s “Returning the Favor”: “Donovan Discovers,” 4.1 million
  • NBA’s “Best of the NBA”: “Top 40 Long Distance Shots of the 2016-17 NBA Season,” 3.6 million
  • NBA’s “Best of the NBA”: “Top 50 Blocks of the 2016-17 NBA Season,” 3.2 million
  • Laura Clery’s “Help Helen Smash”: “Labor Day With the Family,” 3 million
  • Nameless.tv’s “Weird Wild World”: “This Boy Is Worshipped,” 3 million
  • Nas Daily, “She Has 20 Cars!,” 2.6 million
  • Red Bull “Raw 100”: “Brandon Semenuk is back”: 1.9 million
  • “Apocalypse NowThis”: “How the World Could End: Nuclear Annihilation,” 1.7 million
  • Cake Boss: “Outrageous Cakes: Lady Liberty,” 1.6 million
  • ATTN:’s “Health Hacks”: “Portion Sizes in America vs. The World,” 1.3 million
  • Laura Clery’s “Help Helen Smash”: “Me Trying To Flirt On Botox,” 1.3 million
  • Nas Daily, “She Used to Be a Man!,” 1.1 million
  • Robert Reich’s “The Reich Report”: “Trump’s Corporate Tax Cuts,” 1.1 million

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Most Popular Facebook Shows: So Far, They’re a Lot of Viral Videos

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