A Trump impersonator, an “American Horror Story” witch and an Olympic gold medalist got viewers talking passionately on social media over the past week.
The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, a language analytics company that measures emotions around content, for a weekly look at the characters and stars that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Sept. 27-Oct. 3 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to broadcast and cable television shows.
Of the 29,258 Emotional Reactions (ERs) on social media surrounding the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” 12.7 percent mentioned special guest Alec Baldwin and 14.1 percent mentioned Donald Trump — who, of course, Baldwin was on hand to portray in the show’s cold open opposite cast member Kate McKinnon‘s Hillary Clinton in a recreation of the first presidential debate.
OMG SNL BRILLIANT! Kate McKinnon &Alec Baldwin CRAZY!!!! #SNLPremiere
— Patricia McGilvray (@pmcgil43) October 2, 2016
alec baldwin's trump impression is insane
— gabby (@benzemajdr) October 2, 2016
Alec Baldwin's Trump holy shit
— Sean Kelley McKeever (@seankmckeever) October 2, 2016
Of the 36,743 ERs surrounding “American Horror Story” — properly known as “American Horror Story: Roanoke” — 8.5 percent name-checked Lady Gaga, who returned to the show to play some sort of mysterious witch woman who hooks up with Cuba Gooding Jr.‘s character in a super-creepy forest sex scene.
Lady Gaga gives me life @AHSFX 3rd episode was perfect!
— Ashley Coote (@CootesAcrylics) September 29, 2016
GAGA GAVE ME CHILLS @AHSFX
— Tilyn Digiacomo (@tilyn_nicole) September 29, 2016
Whoa, Matt gettin his freak on with Gaga?! Hope it was worth it ???????????????? #AHS6
— #VanHelsingArmy (@JokerXtreme78) September 29, 2016
Of the 18,800 ERs surrounding Monday’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars,” 9 percent name-checked Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, who danced to the Michael Jackson song “The Way You Make Me Feel” with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, in the process making the judges feel sufficiently wowed to give her a perfect score — the first of the season.
Laurie is killin it on dancing with the stars I'm so proud
— Gigi da ghost ???????? (@rastazelle) October 4, 2016
That was perfect! My favorite MJ song and Laurie killed it! #DWTS
— Ivey Sapp (@iveyleann) October 4, 2016
YASS LAURIE ITS LIT #DWTS
— spooky kira ???? (@fairieskordei) October 4, 2016