nTLDStats says it has a new leader for results out of the gate.
.VIP has set new records for a top level domain name launch under the new TLD program, according to stacks tracker nTLDStats.
The group tweeted that the domain is the new record holder for registrations 1 hour, 12 hours and 24 hours after general availability began:
.vip new #1 for regs after GA: 1hr (56.886) (old: .online), 12hrs (115.334) (old: .online), 24hrs (115.511+) (old: .xn--ses554g) #ntldstats
— nTLDStats (@ntldstats) May 18, 2016
Note that the tweet was posted before 24 hours, so the number at 24 hours will be higher.
It has China to thank for the results. The top five registrars are all Chinese and account for about 95,000 registrations.
GoDaddy was the top non-Chinese registrar.
The domain was probably assisted by relatively low premium prices on a number of its better domains, and because premiums are only charged the first year of registration.