ChatGPT was the Most Popular Wikipedia Article in 2023 with Almost 50 Million Visits

January 6, 1:43 pm

The release of OpenAI's ChatGPT marked a turning point for the global AI industry. The chatbot, which became the fastest-growing app in history with 100 million users in just two months, turned artificial intelligence into one of the biggest stories in 2023. So, it may come as no surprise that ChatGPT was the most visited Wikipedia article last year.

According to data presented by, the ChatGPT article was visited almost 50 million times last year, far more than any other topic.

ChatGPT More Popular than Cristiano Ronaldo or Blockbuster Movies

When looking for answers, most people turn to Wikipedia. So, the most-viewed articles give a pretty good picture of what interests society and what knowledge people are seeking. According to data from the Wikimedia Foundation, English Wikipedia received more than 84 billion visits in 2023, with people reading topics from sports competitions and football players to box office movies. Still, none compete with ChatGPT, English Wikipedia’s most popular article of the year.

The fastest-growing app marked its first anniversary in November 2023. In that time, it reached over 180 million users and dominated headlines around the globe. In line with this huge public interest, the English Wikipedia ChartGPT article hit with between 100,000 and 400,000 page views almost each day, bringing the 2023 total to a whopping 49.4 million page visits. This huge number is even more impressive when compared to other trending Wikipedia topics in 2023.

Statistics show the ChatGPT was more popular last year than the world's highest-paid athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo, or blockbuster movies Oppenheimer and Barbie. The two movies got 28.3 million and 18 million page views in 2023, respectively, while the Cristiano Ronaldo article was clicked 17.4 million times.

Generative AI Industry to Grow by 250% in Five Years

The huge public interest in ChatGPT and generative AI proves the enormous potential this still-developing market has. A decade ago, it was hard to imagine companies and consumers worldwide using generative AI daily to automate tasks, write documents, do market research, or even basic coding. However, the surging demand for these tools will help generative AI become one of the largest revenue streams in the AI industry, generating 25% of total revenue by 2028.

According to a Statista survey, the generative AI industry is expected to grow 48% year-over-year and hit $66.6bn in 2024. By 2028, this figure will jump over $156bn, showing a massive 250% growth in five years.

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