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According to the Smogon tiers, in Generation 5, Blissey was used more than Chansey in OU. Eviolite already existed, so why is that? I'm aware that Chansey is NOW used more than Blissey in Generation 5 OU, but why did it take so long for people realize that Chansey was better? Please don't question my curiosity.

Perhaps people hadn't grasped just how much better Chansey was? Or they preferred Leftovers?
I'm more shocked that Chansey started seeing more use starting in Gen VI. You'd think the Knock Off buff would've hurt it more.

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I've been going through old forums to try to find the answer, and frankly there isn't much. The only good reason I've found is that, with the prevalence of Sandstorm (and Hail to a degree) in Generation 5, Chansey's inability to hold Leftovers made it too prone to being worn down by passive damage. Blissey, on the other hand, could negate this chip damage with its Leftovers and avoid such a problem. Now that weather teams, especially ones centered around sand, are much less common, Chansey no longer faces many issues with its inability to hold Leftovers and thus outclasses Blissey in almost every single way.

There are many other reasons that players had provided for using Blissey over Chansey, such as its ability to use attacking moves outside of Seismic Toss (debatable, but whatever), act as a win-con with Calm Mind and hold Shed Shell to avoid trapping, as well as its lack of vulnerability to Trick/Switcheroo/Knock Off, but these do not really answer your question as they are still relevant in today's metagame.

As Trachy mentioned, it's quite ironic that Chansey's usage skyrocketed in tandem with Knock Off and trapping methods such as Pursuit, Arena Trap and Shadow Tag (when it wasn't banned). One would think that this would make Blissey more viable as it is less vulnerable to such threats. Guess it just goes to show how outclassed Blissey is by Eviolite Chansey.

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it's possible that people just didn't understand to what degree Chansey was better than Blissey by. Even with Eviolite it isn't immediately obvious at first glance and people were way to clingy to their items.
Good enough, but you still haven't explained why it Chansey sees more usage now in Generation 5 OU.
I thought you meant why is Chansey used more now THAN in Generation 5 OU. Welp. There goes my entire argument. Probably what PX said then.
No your argument is correct, the question asked "why was" and you delivered on why chansey now was better than chansey then
No, sumwun is asking why Chansey is now used more in Gen 5 OU than it was back when Gen 5 OU first came  out, right? I explained why Chansey is used more in Gen 6/7 OU than it was in Gen 5 OU.
For people reading this in the future, I just want to point out that Blissey is now unranked on the Generation 5 OU rankings even though people used to think it was good. https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/bw-viability-ranking-mk-2.3599678/