Why Carol Peletier, Dean Winchester and Soulja Boy Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

The week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters

Carol Peletier

The week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters

A “Walking Dead” character, a sad “Supernatural”-ist and a rapper-gone-Hollywood had 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 personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up. The data below covers Oct. 26 through Nov. 1 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to broadcast and cable television shows. For the purposes of this analysis we excluded sports.

Of the 65,746 Emotional Reactions (ERs) surrounding Sunday’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” 16 percent mentioned the character Carol Peletier (played by Melissa McBride). In the wake of the brutal Season 7 opener, it seems “TWD” fans were ready for a less traumatic, more purely enjoyable storyline, and Carol helped deliver just that.


Of the 19,309 ERs surrounding last Thursday’s episode of The CW’s “Supernatural,” 14 percent mentioned the character Dean Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles. (Jared Padalecki’s character Sam Winchester was right behind him at 8 percent.) What’s remarkable about “Supernatural” is how much fans still care about the characters on a show that’s been around since 2005. A big part of the social media response surrounding this, the third episode of the 12th season, had to do with viewers feeling Dean’s pain.



Of the 15,383 ERs surrounding Monday’s episode of the VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood,” 42 percent mentioned Soulja Boy. Let’s just say that fans have a lot of strong and varied opinions about Mr. Boy.