Scientology Television on YouTube: Statistics & Predictions

The Church of Scientology has launched its cable channel. It has done so by purchasing time on a 24/7/365 basis on channel 320 on Direct TV. However, for all intents and purposes Scientology Television appears to be depending upon being live-streamed on YouTube.

Thus, we can use existing YouTube statistics to predict Scientology Television’s potential for success on YouTube.

Our only caveat is that Scientology’s published numbers are notoriously unreliable and often completely false. For example, Scientology has variously claimed it has eight million members, twelve million members, or simply millions of members.

Absent any independent third party audit, we must take Scientology’s numbers to be both inflated and unverifiable. Moreover, Scientology’s STAND League on Twitter was caught using stock photos and claiming these were actual Scientologists. These fake “stock photo Scientologists” were exposed as such. Scientology has also been suspected of using click farms to boost ratings. With these factors in mind, we proceed with our analysis of Scientology’s performance on YouTube.

We begin with Scientology’s main YouTube channel. We learn there that this channel began on September 19, 2006 and claims 30,521,562 views as of March 14, 2018:

We note that Scientology refuses to disclose the number of subscribers to its channel. Drilling down, we use the YouTube feature that allows us to sort videos from the most popular to the least popular. Here are the ten most popular videos by rank on Scientology’s YouTube channel:

This data shows us that Scientology’s top ten videos have a total of 11,182,000 views. This is 36.6% of the total views claimed for the channel. Of note is Scientology’s 2018 Super Bowl ad with a claimed 2.9 million views. This means that one 2018 Super Bowl commercial accounts for 10% of all views since the channel opened in 2006.

What this tells us is that Scientology spent millions of dollars on a one-time Super Bowl ad in early 2018 to gain 10% of its total YouTube traffic since 2006. This does not bode well for Scientology Television as the channel is not tied to advertising on high profile televised network events such as the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the Academy Awards, or major television franchises like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or The Big Bang Theory.

Once we deduct the numbers for Scientology’s top ten YouTube videos, we are left with 19,339,562 views since the channel began 135 months ago in September 2006. Less the top ten videos, then, Scientology YouTube has averaged a paltry 143,256 views per month since its inception.

Scientology’s ten lowest ranking YouTube videos produced a pathetic 143,000 views; four of these videos were “The Way to Happiness” themed:

By way of contrast, the top 20 Scientology channels and videos on YouTube that are not favorable to Scientology have a total 72,850,000 views:

Name YT Channel Name Total Views in millions
Tom Cruise  – Leaked Go to Guns Video Aleteuk 12.3
Karen de la Carriere Surviving Scientology Channel 7.4
Mark Bunker Xenu TV Channel 7.1
Some crazy scientology stuff hashmanis 5.7
Message to Scientology Anonymous 5.3
Tom Cruise’s Heated Interview With Matt Lauer Today 5.3
Angry Gay Pope Angry Gay Pope Channel 5
Tory Christman ToryMagoo44! 4
Chris Shelton Critical Thinker at Large Channel 3.6
Joe Rogan Interviews Leah Remini Joe Rogan Experience 2.3
Scientology in 100 Seconds AllHailXenuFilm 2
Steven Mango Steven Mango Channel 1.78
Chelsea – Netflix Leah Remini Explains Scientology’s Scam 1.67
The Master: How Scientology Works Nerdwriter1 1.6
Aaron Smith-Levin Growing Up in Scientology Channel 1.5
Leah Remini on the Cult of Scientology Real Time with Bill Maher 1.3
Joe Rogan Interviews Ron Miscavige Joe Rogan Experience 1.3
Scientology – Louis Theroux Joe Rogan Experience 1.3
Matthew Santoro 10 Insane Facts About Scientology 1.3
Shocking Facts About Scientology TheRichest 1.1
Total Views 72.85

The conclusion here is that a highly active group of former Scientologists, critics, and media outlets can easily outpace the three billion dollar Scientology Cult on social media without multi-million dollar Super Bowl ads; 24/7/365 live streaming on YouTube; or spending $4 million dollars per year on carriage fees on Direct TV as Lloyd Grove stated in his recent Daily Beast article David Miscavige Comes Out of the Shadows on the First Night of Scientology’s TV Network. Further, we are restricting our analysis in this article to YouTube; we do not take into account books, movies, and televisions shows. Hence, Going Clear, the book and the film, Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, CNN’s A History of Violence, the Tampa Bay Times’ The Truth Rundown, Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker and the other leading exposes of Scientology are not factored into our discussion at hand.

In terms of strategy and content, the playlists on Scientology’s YouTube channel suggest that  we can expect to see more of the same content from Scientology Television:

Based on the foregoing, my prediction is that this will be the exact content we can expect to see repeated endlessly on Scientology Television:

  1. Ideal Org grand openings
  2. Volunteer Ministers
  3. Meet a Scientologist videos
  4. A focus on Latin America
  5. Scientologists making a difference in their communities videos
  6. CCHR anti-drug and anti-psychiatry videos
  7. Pseudo-ecumenical efforts using the usual Scientology shills, e.g. Dr. J. Gordon Melton
  8. Speeches at Ideal Org grand openings by low-ranking functionaries, for example Captain John Galindo, Operations Director National Circle of Aid Technicians of Colombia

What stood out to me in my review of Scientology’s YouTube website for this article is that Scientologist skateboarder Aaron has the largest number of views for an individual Scientologist. With 809,524 views, this  young man’s ratings far and away eclipse the ratings for any video featuring Scientology leader David Miscavige. VWD Aaron!

The least popular Scientologist in the “Meet a Scientologist” series of videos appears to be Omar, an expeditionary pilot. Poor Omar has only 1,010 views since his video was released on October 28, 2010:

Bottom Line: My prediction is that Scientology Television will follow the same trajectory as an Ideal Org – which is to say that it will have a shelf life of three weeks and then it will die on the vine.

With an Ideal Org there is excitement the week before the grand opening and David Miscavige’s rope pull. Then there is excitement the two weeks after the grand opening. Thereafter, it is business as usual with the demands for stats, more money, and to get bodies into the shop. Apathy sets in and soon the glory of the grand opening gives way to the punishing and cruel grind of everyday life in Scientology.

The initial burst of interest in Scientology Television will quickly collapse once people see that it is a 24/7/365 cycling of the same content ad nauseum. L. Ron Hubbard’s pedantic lectures and Scientology hyperbole wears thin very quickly; particularly when Netflix beckons.

Hysterical Scientology Cult Plays Victim Once Again. Wall Street Journal Assists in the Psychodrama.


Even as Scientology has the explicitly stated goals to destroy Psychiatry, take over the world, and conduct a genocide against 2.5% of the global population, the militant Hollywood-based Cult is once again playing victim.

This time, Scientology’s bogus “STAND” group — a group populated by several fake Scientologists who are actually nothing more than phony names and stock photos — is demanding that sponsors boycott Leah Remini’s Emmy-winning show Scientology and the Aftermath.

A recent Wall Street Journal article covering Scientology’s call for a boycott is shockingly sloppy. Without bothering to substantiate even one of Scientology’s claims, WSJ columnist  Alexandra Bruell uncritically quoted this bit of Scientology hysteria:

“Leah Remini’s hate campaign of religious bigotry in its first season alone generated more than 400 incidents of harassment, threats of violence and vandalism against our churches and members,” reads one letter from STAND, dated from August and addressed to Geico’s assistant vice president of marketing Bill Brower. “The threat level has again risen, precisely coincident with A&E’s promotion and airing of the second season of this show, now spawning even more threats—bombings, murder and acts of physical violence.”

Alexandra Bruell apparently couldn’t be bothered to ask for even one shred of hard evidence from Scientology in the form of police reports, threatening e-mails, or any other substantiating proof. Instead, Bruell simply repeated Scientology’s claim. This sort of lazy journalism is highly offensive to the victims of Scientology and serves only to tarnish the reputation of the Wall Street Journal. I actually wondered how this unvetted story got by WSJ editors.

In 2009, Scientology complained to the “Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century Project” that is was being persecuted. While never disclosing its ties to this so-called Commission, Scientology nevertheless made the same cookie-cutter complaints about Anonymous that it is now making about A&E’s Scientology and the Aftermath:

Since January 2008, the Church of Scientology has been subjected to a continuing campaign of violence and abuse from a hate group calling themselves ‘Anonymous’. This entity has been described as a group of “cyber terrorists” as its actions have previously focused on Internet harassment and other crimes. However, in the last 13 months they have also (i.e. as well as their internet based assaults) committed acts of harassment and criminal offences “in real life” against the Church, its members and Church property. Anonymous members have made numerous bomb threats, arson threats and committed acts of vandalism against Scientology churches. They have made harassing phone calls, sent vulgar and threatening faxes and e-mails, painted graffiti, posted threats on the Internet and publicly threatened to kill Scientologists engaged in religious services.

Scientology offered no evidence in its 2009 allegations and it is offering no evidence now. No Scientology churches have been bombed and no Scientologists have been murdered. This is all phony posturing to which Scientology resorts whenever it feels the heat of being exposed for its depravity.

We hasten to point out that Scientology now has hundreds of hate websites and webpages up on Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, and everyone else who has spoken out on Leah’s show. Even as Scientology spews all manner of hatred, calumny, slander, and viciousness it paints itself as a victim. This hypocritical and loathsome behavior is yet another reason Scientology is correctly called a Cult.

Those of us who are long-term Scientology critics have seen this sort of Scientology hysteria and bloviating before. As mentioned, the phony Scientology 2008 soap opera about being persecuted by Anonymous is being replayed in 2017. This time Scientology is the victim of Leah Remini and her guests.

The 2008 hysterics began early on when Scientology launched a barrage of stories in which it claimed to have received anthrax in its mail at multiple locations. Scientology worked to insinuate that this was the work of Anonymous. However, many of us suspected this was a staged event conducted by Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs. The FBI got involved and nothing became of the matter.

Of course, Scientology never mentioned that it spent millions of dollars on private investigators to stalk, follow, and harass members of Anonymous, many of whom were high school and college students and lived at homes with their parents. Scientology PI’s got license plate numbers, took photos, and identified as many members of Anonymous as possible. Scientology attorneys then sent letters to the parents of Anons claiming their sons and daughters were members of a terrorist group. The fascist goal of Scientology in sending these letters was to terrify parents into demanding that their sons and daughters stop protesting Scientology’s human rights abuses and criminality.

In one threat letter sent to an Anon, Scientology attorney F. Wallace “Wally” Pope walked back the anthrax attack story and called it a “simulated anthrax attack.” Pope then demanded that the Anon cease and desist protesting. Pope characterized peaceful protest — which is a form of free speech — as “engaging in violent acts against the Church or its members.” How dramatic! Here is part of Wally’s letter:


Wally Pope’s letter threatens to refer “the names of persons to State and Federal authorities” if these persons do not cease and desist protesting. This seems both extortionate and illogical; if Pope indeed had evidence of criminal activity then he should have immediately turned it over to the authorities. However, Pope had no evidence to turn over so he made a baseless threat in an attempt to muzzle free speech.

Even as Scientology screams persecution, it simultaneously engages in its work to destroy Psychiatry; destroy families through Disconnection; exploit Sea Org for slave labor; defend its use of child labor; destroy its own members financially; and engage in the rest of its psycho-terrorist cultic agenda.

Even now in 2017 Scientology continues to peddle its lie that Psychiatry was behind the Nazis and is also behind extremist Muslim terrorism:


The Wall Street Journal failed to tell the whole story. In doing so, the WSJ did a disservice to all of the people who are bravely speaking out against the unabated horrors of the Church of Scientology. We hope the Wall Street Journal will correct this error and report the entire story.

Scientology Doubles Down on its Tax-Exempt Social Media Fraud

Scientology tax-exempt fraud at work: After being being publicly exposed and shamed for using stock photos to create phony Scientologists to attack Leah Remini, A&E, Leah’s guests and everyone connected to Leah’s Emmy-winning show Scientology and the Aftermath, the Scientology Cult is now doubling down on its social media fraud.

There is no Scientologist named Alicia Selverson. And yet the Church of Scientology uses this stock photo image to pretend that Alicia Selverson is a real Scientologist who belongs to a Scientology propaganda group called STAND.

There are also no Scientologists named Eva Band, Ellis Craig, Rebecca Blair, or Catriona McKenzie. These fake people are STAND members. Astute Scientology watchers, particularly @kellykels_melbs on Twitter have done much investigatory work to uncover Scientology’s social media fraud and smear accounts:

The poster Love Infusion on Twitter made a post showing that the stock photo of the faux Scientologist “Catriona McKenzie” was used on a book cover:

This is deceptive advertising and yet Scientology routinely engages in fraud and deceit so what’s new?

Well, what’s new is that real Scientologist Gemma Harris is on Twitter claiming these phony “Stock Photo Scientologists” are real people:

Gemma Harris claims these “real people” are using fake names and stock photos to hide their real identities because they want to remain anonymous:

When did Scientologists become timid little people who hide behind fake names and photos? L. Ron Hubbard wrote:

“When somebody enrolls, consider he or she has joined up for the duration of the universe – never permit an ‘open-minded’ approach… If they enrolled, they’re aboard, and if they’re aboard they’re here on the same terms as the rest of us – win or die in the attempt. Never let them be half minded about being Scientologists… When Mrs. Pattycake comes to us to be taught, turn that wandering doubt in her eye into a fixed, dedicated glare… The proper instruction attitude is, ‘We’d rather have you dead than incapable.’”

– L. Ron Hubbard, KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING, 7 February 1965, reissued 27 August 1980

Scientology took Anonymous to task for being cowards who hid behind masks. Now it seems Scientology has become… Anonymous. By Scientology’s own logic, then, anonymous Scientologists are cowards who are not willing to publicly speak out using their own names. These anonymous Scientologists have no confront and are completely caved in and PTS to their environment. This is why they go into hiding. Hiding is very low on Scientology’s Tone Scale. It is barely above Total Failure:

Not exactly a glowing endorsement for Scientology: Why spend $500,000 to become an OT who hides and is barely above being a Total Failure?

Scientology has officially become the Church of Victimology where all Scientologists are victims.  As I always say, “Scientologists can dish it out but they can’t take it.” The Scientology Cult has plenty of malicious hate websites up on brave and good people who have exposed its depredations. However, Scientology’s hypocrisy demands that it cast itself as a victim when it is exposed — and this even as it cranks out hate websites, lies, and even fake Scientologists.

The latest gambit by Scientologists is to claim that Leah Remini’s show is making them fear for their safety and that of their children. This drama queen soap opera is what L. Ron Hubbard called the “Dangerous Environment Racket.” In this particular decades-old Scientology scam, Scientologists create a propaganda message that there is a dangerous environment for them being created by whoever is exposing Scientology’s horrendous abuses, lies, and brutality.

These next two screenshots posted below were obtained by Aaron Smith-Levin and show us a Scientologist engaging in the old “Scientologists are being persecuted just like Jews in the Holocaust” fraud. This is an outrage, and, it is part of Scientologist’s standard playbook when they want to pretend to be victims.

See my post: Scientologists Are Not Jews in the Holocaust.

In the course of acting like a Jew in the Holocaust, this Scientologist is actually covertly engaging in censorship by demanding that others in a gym not be allowed to watch a television show this Scientologist finds offensive:

Karen de la Carriere on Media Mayhem with Allison Hope Weiner

The Church of Scientology’s innermost and darkest secrets are revealed by Karen de la Carriere, former wife of Scientology president Heber Jentzsch, who has faced harassment from the Church since leaving in 2010. Carriere describes how the Church cut her off from her son and hid his death from her. She details the church’s exploitation of children and explains why Scientology celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta turn a blind eye to the Church’s inhuman treatment of its members. Finally, we look at the 2008 Anonymous protest against the practices of the Church and the sadism of Scientology leader David Miscavige, in this uncensored Media Mayhem interview hosted by Allison Hope Weiner.

The Miscavige Legal Statements: A Study in Perjury, Lies and Misdirection. Written by Larry Brennan, Compiled by Anonymous

My friends, this is one of the classics in Scientology criticism:

SPEAKING OUT ABOUT ORGANIZED SCIENTOLOGY – The Collected Works of L. H. Brennan (Vol 1) – The Miscavige Legal Statements: A Study in Perjury, Lies and Misdirection. Written by Larry Brennan, Compiled by Anonymous

Blessings to you for writing this Denise! And thank you to Anonymous for its very careful and thoughtful work in the compilation. Click the link below to open the PDF version:

PDF Version Lies.of.David.Miscavige