Hulu Generates Most Ad Views

July 20, 2010

Hulu generated more US ad views than any other online video property in June 2010, according to comScore VideoMetrix data.

Hulu Narrowly Beats Tremor
Americans viewed more than 4.3 billion video ads in June 2010, with Hulu generating the highest number of ad views at 566 million. Tremor Media Video Network ranked second overall (and highest among video ad networks) with 524 million ad views, followed by BrightRoll Video Network (333 million) and Microsoft Sites (222 million).


Video ads reached 46.1% of the total US population an average of 31.5 times during the month. Hulu delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 24.2 during the course of the month, and reached 7.8% of the total US population.

Meanwhile, Tremor only averaged a monthly frequency of 8.2 ads per viewer per month, but reached a much higher percentage of the US population (21.4%, the highest among the top 10 online video properties by ad view).

YouTube Propels Google Success
More than 177 million US internet users watched video content in June, totaling 5.1 billion sessions and an average of 870 minutes per month per user.


Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at, ranked as the top video content property with 144.5 million unique viewers, followed by Yahoo! Sites (44.9 million viewers) and Vevo (43.7 million viewers).

Google Sites had the highest number of overall viewing sessions with 1.8 billion and average time spent per viewer at 261 minutes, or 4.3 hours. Hulu also had high viewer engagement with an average of 135 minutes (or 2.2 hours) per viewer.

Other Findings

  • The top video ad networks in terms of their potential reach were: ScanScout Network with 43.7% reach of the total US population, BrightRoll Video Network with 40.6%, and Break Media Network with 36.8%.
  • 84.6% of the total US internet audience viewed online video.
  • The duration of the average online content video was 4.9 minutes, while the average online video ad was 0.4 minutes.
  • Video ads accounted for 12.2% of all videos viewed but only 1.2% of all minutes spent viewing video online.

Google Monthly Viewership Sharply Drops
Using different metrics, The Nielsen Company determined that after increasing 50.7% in May 2010, monthly viewership for Google dropped 30.9% in June 2010. Google slipped from fourth to fifth place in the monthly ranking of online video brands by unique viewer, with about 13.02 million unique viewers.

Conversely, ESPN Digital Network saw its monthly viewership grow 50.5%, putting it in ninth place with about 8.5 million unique viewers. YouTube retained its clear dominance with 101.1 million unique viewers, a slight 0.2% decline from the previous month. The number two brand Yahoo, trailed with about 26.7 million unique viewers, representing 10.3% month-over-month growth.

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