The 10 Most Watched Ads on YouTube in October

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When Wieden + Kennedy releases a big new Nike commercial on YouTube, the rest of the brands usually just sit around and gawk at the massive numbers. But not in October. W+K's big new Nike spot came in third on Adweek and Google's YouTube Ads Leaderboard for the month—eclipsed by not one but two spots from BBDO.

Mattel's "Imagine The Possibilities" spot for Barbie (from BBDO San Francisco and New York) and Extra Gum's "The Story of Sarah & Juan" (from Energy BBDO) top the Leaderboard for October with almost 25 million views between them.

Squatty Potty's loony "This Unicorn Changed the Way I Poop" ad came in fourth. Elsewhere on the list are ads for Microsoft and Apple (with Jamie Foxx), Emirates (with Jennifer Aniston), Boeing, Toyota (with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd) and PlayStation.

See all 10 spots below.

Note: To be eligible for Adweek and Google's YouTube Ads Leaderboard, videos must be marked as ads on YouTube (i.e., they get some paid views) but must also earn significant organic views. The algorithm factors in paid views, organic views and audience retention (how much of a video people watched).

@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.
Publish date: November 11, 2015 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT