On Tuesday, October 16, YouTube, the world’s most popular video-sharing website, was out of commission from roughly 9pm to 11pm. This took many users, who were eager to watch their favorite movie trailers or wrestling clips, by surprise. What were they going to do with their time now? Fortunately, they found an answer.
— Pornhub ARIA (@Pornhub) October 17, 2018
According to statistics released by the always-shameless Pornhub, the site’s viewership began to skyrocket right around 9pm, when the YouTube outage was most widely reported. By 10pm, it had garnered 21% more clicks than it would on an average day.
Numbers then began to tail off, and by midnight had even sunk below normal levels as the people of planet Earth went back to watch all the precious clips they been deprived of for those 2 horrible hours. Overall, however, Pornhub still managed to add “a significant increase by millions of additional viewers during Pornhub’s peak evening hours.”
— Romulo (@romulop2p) October 17, 2018
Adding just a little more awkward information, Pornhub also released its numbers for specific searches, showing what all those visiting YouTubers would want to watch once they reached the site. The results were strangely unsurprising:
The internet found the surge in Pornhub’s popularity pretty funny:
YO I was about to say pic.twitter.com/LwxaDlHWfD
— S̶o̶n̶y̶a̶ (@Sonerrill) October 17, 2018
Pornhub is YouTube when you're feeling naughty
— adamu_wa_hawa (@adamwaeve) October 18, 2018
— Halloween Hyena (@Hyena626YT) October 17, 2018
Pornhub is new YouTube
— (@21Sumukh) October 18, 2018
Who knows where people would go if Twitter ever went down!
— Joe D. Cognac (@Dianexis) October 17, 2018
What the hell else were we supposed to do?
— NSFW (@NSFWFanClub) October 17, 2018
I watched full episodes of spongebob thank you PH
— VYūreiI (@LilPaperCup) October 17, 2018
Can’t watch cute cat videos? Let’s watch porn instead! Humans are weird.
— blehbluh (@itsTripples) October 18, 2018
Tuesday was a day Pornhub will never forget…
Huge spike is an appropriate description.
— Jerry Easley (@jerrydeasley) October 18, 2018
Gotta entertain yourself somehow.
— Marc Loiselle (@mutt1126) October 18, 2018
Joel Heyman made that joke first pic.twitter.com/mmqRZhlZtM
— Michael Fitzborough (@MikeFitzborough) October 17, 2018
Congrats to Pornhub on a red letter day…though we’re glad people can now watch their ASMR videos on the platform they were intended for.