Why Dean Ambrose, Issa Rae and Colton Underwood Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

Here are the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters

Last Updated: August 15, 2018 @ 3:01 PM

TheWrap 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 Aug. 8-14 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

A professional wrestler, the creator/star of  HBO’s “Insecure” and a bachelor in paradise had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

USA Network’s recent episode of “WWE Monday Night RAW” scored 46,235 Emotional Reactions (ERs), with professional wrestler Dean Ambrose driving a lot of the emotional conversation. This was his first appearance on WWE programming in months and viewers were psyched for his return. And, of course, there were the requisite comments about his physical appearance.

HBO’s “Insecure” (22,677 ERs) debuted its third season on Sunday, and driving the bulk of emotional discussion was show creator, and main character, Issa. (While the series creator’s real name is Issa Rae, the character’s name is Issa Dee, and fans applauded both in their own right.) People commented happily about the show’s return, while others referred to specific plot points and some even talked about the show’s length (as in, they want more!).

Drama abounded during the recent “Bachelor in Paradise” episode on ABC (11,847 ERs), with conversations around Colton — and his not-relationship-relationship with Tia — taking front and center. Some viewers argued on his behalf, insisting that he doesn’t owe Tia anything and is being treated unfairly, while others virtually rolled their eyes at the whole mess and shot insults at Tia.