Why Simone Biles, Jesse Larson and Kára McCullough Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

Zero in on the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters

TheWrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion analytics company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers May 10-16 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television shows, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

A contestant on “The Voice,” an Olympic gold-medalist and the newest Miss USA had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past week.

During the penultimate results episode of season 12 of NBC’s “The Voice” — which was the most emotionally reacted-to broadcast of the week with 164,483 Emotional Reactions (ERs) — singers Brennley Brown, Jesse Larson and Hunter Plake competed for the “Instant Save” and a chance to move on to the finale. Viewers scrambled to tweet #VoiceSave[Contestant’s name] in an effort to help along their favorite. And when the dust settled, Larson emerged victorious with the save as well as the most ERs of the night, while Brown and Plake were sent packing.




In a shocking turn of events during ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday night (27,105 ERs), contestant Simone Biles and her partner Sasha Farber were eliminated despite receiving perfect scores from the judges on both dances. Earlier in the episode viewers celebrated Simone’s skill and beauty, but the mood quickly turned when the results were announced.




The annual Miss USA pageant, which received 26,998 ERs, aired on Fox on Sunday. The final round came down to Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould, Miss District of Columbia Kára McCullough and Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg. After answering the final question, “What do you consider feminism to be?,” McCullough, a scientist with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was named the champion. Congratulatory messages poured in, with viewers wishing her well and praising her beauty as well as brains.