I am obviously biased but I would really consider getting the shows on a platform like @georgereese’s Seeka or Stream Now TV that are hyper focused on actual content instead of cat videos. And support the damn platform. Not just your shows, but watch others. Share others. People try things that their friends and family suggest.
Think about the first time you heard about Uber. Was it an ad or was it a friend telling you? For most it was someone telling them about it. To unpack that a bit, how did they tell you about it? They probably did not post a link saying “check this out” or “my friend just started working for this company please support it”. No, it was probably more like “this is awesome, I just got picked up by a Mercedes after a long night out drinking and it cost less than a cab.” In other words, tell them why they need to watch.
Lastly, there are a bunch of platforms popping up now so do some homework. Look at the platform and see if your content fits in there before submitting. There are networks for horror, African content, comedy or general. Find one that your content can be successful on. The benefits are that it would have a better user experience, probably pay more that YT and the platform has an incentive to make your show a success where YT never cared. Just my two cents.