Why Cardi B, Shinsuke Nakamura and Zhavia Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

A Grammy-nominated rapper, a Japanese wrestler and a young singer had viewers talking passionately on social media

Check out the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters.

A Grammy-nominated rapper, a Japanese wrestler and a young singer had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement 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 Jan. 24-30 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

Unsurprisingly, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, broadcast on CBS, inspired the most conversation of any program during the period measured, clocking in with an impressive 1,191,452 Emotional Reactions (ERs). The celebrity who drove the most conversation that evening was Cardi B, who performed “Finesse (Remix)” with Bruno Mars on stage. General consensus was that she killed it, although there will always be some haters in the crowd. Cardi was also up for two awards (Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song), but they both ended up going to Kendrick Lamar.




The WWE’s 2018 “Royal Rumble” (PPV) prompted 190,736 ERs, with Japanese wrestler and ultimate champion Shinsuke Nakamura being the most-discussed during the night. Toward the end of a fierce and hectic match that saw 30 total competitors knocking each other out, he took down Roman Reigns and was declared the winner. Nakamura is the first Asian wrestling star to win the Royal Rumble, and fans went wild.




“The Four” is the latest singing competition show and this week the Fox broadcast generated 25,239 ERs, with competitor Zhavia being the most-mentioned. The 16-year-old singer/songwriter made waves in the first few weeks of the season, but was eliminated during the most recent episode after a challenge from Kendyle Paige. Viewers were split, with some saying they were glad to see Zhavia go while others were heartbroken.