An “SNL” guest host, a troubled “Empire” character and a dead doctor 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 Nov. 9-15 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to broadcast and cable television shows. For the purposes of this analysis we excluded election-related news programming.
Of the 126,031 Emotional Reactions (ERs) surrounding this past weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” 62 percent were prompted by guest host Dave Chappelle. Lots of viewers particularly praised his funny, trenchant opening monologue on the first post-election “SNL.”
Powerful words from Dave Chappelle. #SNL
— The_News_DIVA (@The_News_DIVA) November 13, 2016
It feels good to Chappelle again.
— Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops) November 13, 2016
Dave Chappelle is the best. What a perfect host for THIS week's episode. #SNL
— Jeremy Lance (@JeremyLance) November 13, 2016
DAVE CHAPPELLE. WOW.
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) November 13, 2016
Of the 33,824 ERs surrounding last Wednesday’s “Empire,” 13 percent were prompted by the character Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Y. Gray) who had a lot of drama going on in the episode, which in turn inspired a lot of drama on Twitter.
LMFAOOOOOOO HAKEEM A BITCH HE DISSED HIS WHOLE FAMILY HAHAHA OUCH #Empire
— lissette???? (@lizmendez780) November 10, 2016
#Empire Hakeem so cute when he angry ????
— Natara (@BLK_BERRI_) November 10, 2016
Yoooooo that argument with Hakeem and his brothers, CRAZY intense #empire
— Tash (@heyyytash) November 10, 2016
???????????????????????????????? they're acting their asses off in this scene this fight is hilarious Hakeem is just a spoilt rich wanna be gangsta #Empire
— Liana (@llianaward) November 10, 2016
Of the 21,372 ERs surrounding last Thursday’s episode of the ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” 15 percent mentioned Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) — a character killed off in 2015. This episode showed that not only is Derek not forgotten, but fans are still not over his death.
Showing Derek for that one sec really made me sad. I miss him so much ???????????? #GreysAnatomy
— porshaa. (@PorshaStayFresh) November 11, 2016
MEREDITH TALKED ABOUT DEREK . I'M SAD
— sabrina (@purposemccall) November 11, 2016
I'm crying #GreysAnatomy
— ash (@realityxash) November 11, 2016
Seeing Derek on Grey's just broke my heart!! I miss him!!
— Chandra Martin (@ChanDavis10) November 11, 2016
Grey's anatomy was too much for me tonight ????
— Princess P ✨ (@Porshaaaaa_) November 11, 2016