The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement AI 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 Sept. 12-18 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.
A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC prompted a whopping 618,757 Emotional Reactions (ERs), with K-pop sensation BTS (also known as Bangtan Boys or Beyond The Scene) sparking most of the emotional conversation. There was an avalanche of love messages sent over social media, with fans sharing their excitement to see the boys on TV (although some pointed out how entertaining it was to see people in the “AGT” studio audience lose their minds during the performance).
— T A E ???? 結 (@BTStaetiger) September 13, 2018
— sierra???? (@Iridescent_Cas) September 13, 2018
— Alec (@alec_swe) September 13, 2018
Omg I'm watching America's Got Talent and BTS is performing for some reason and their fans are going WILD. I CAN'T BREATHE SJSKJS
— lucy (@HowugetheHaim) September 13, 2018
Monday night’s broadcast of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC generated 210,204 ERs and had many memorable moments, including a surprise proposal from director Glenn Weiss — but it was Betty White who specifically drove a ton of emotional conversation. The 96-year-old actress (who has won eight Emmys over the years) was honored for her life in show business and took the stage to a standing ovation. Her speech got the crowd laughing and tugged at many viewers’ heartstrings.
— Molly Enter (@MollyEnter) September 18, 2018
— ShouldaCoulda (@shouldacoulda70) September 18, 2018
Betty White! A living legend has walked onto the #emmy stage and gets a well-deserved standing ovation. She thanks the real power who controls this #emmy broadcast: SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels.
— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) September 18, 2018
— EHealy81 (@EHealy81) September 18, 2018
The NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers (broadcast on CBS and prompting 57,460 ERs) was the most emotionally reacted-to NFL game of the period measured. Much of the emotional conversation centered around Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who threw an impressive six touchdowns, bringing his current season total to 10 — quite high considering it’s only been two weeks. No surprise, then, that fans took to social media to applaud his skills and lavish him with praise.
Patrick Mahomes now has 10 TD passes. How good is he? He actually has one more TD than legendary Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2018…. yes that’s still a thing and i told you I’d be doing this for a while. Mahomes is also off to the best 2 game start by a QB in the Super Bowl era
— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 16, 2018
— Justin Cessna (@Capt_Kirk45) September 16, 2018
Mahomes has displayed insane anticipation on both Kelce touchdown passes. The chemistry is so apparent.
— Connor Peters (@chief8225) September 16, 2018
Is it me or is it insane how good Mahomes is? I know it’s early but if he can play this good now… imagine the possibility’s ????????
— DrMarioPepper (@DrMarioPepper) September 16, 2018