My videos don't typically get a lot of views - but I sometimes get the feeling the reported view counts are not a true reflection of actual viewing - it's almost like the view count is being capped or rationed for my channel.
This might just be paranoia on my part, of course, but here's what I think I see:
If I upload one video at a weekend, it gets about 200 views. If I upload two videos, they get about 100 views each; if I upload three, they get about 70 views each It could be that my subscribers all feel they only ever want to watch one video per week from me, but it seems like producing more content just spreads a controlled or rationed set of views thinner.
I upload a video and it gets to about 180 views or so, with maybe 25 likes and 3 comments, then later, the likes go up to maybe 40 and a dozen more comments appear, but the view count only increases to 185 It could be that people are revisiting the video to comment or like it, and are pausing it before YT registers a valid 'view', but again, it feels like I'm not getting a completely honest view count.
I also noticed something similar, here are my speculations: YT's algorithm tries to balance the views between all channels and if you're getting more views than the average day (because you just did upload a video) then it compensate showing your videos less in the recomendations.
The theoretical (<- lucubration) intention would be to not reward too much the quantity of videos uploaded in a channel.
I think something like that is on the algorithm because sometimes (this is a bit of cherry picking data) I see a negative correlation between the views from notifications (all videos) and the views on the older videos coming from suggestions:
Of course, this is not always true and, you know, trying to understand the YT algorithm is like trying to understand the Oracle of Delphi.