TheWrap has partnered with Canvs, a language analytics company that measures emotions around content, 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 April 26 through May 2 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television shows, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.
A NFL quarterback, a superhero villain and a god’s bodyguard had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past week.
During the broadcast of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on ESPN and the NFL Network, which received a whopping 495,683 Emotional Reactions (ERs), the most-mentioned player was quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was scooped up by the Houston Texans. Some viewers were surprised when two other quarterbacks were selected before Watson: first Mitchell Trubisky, who went to the Chicago Bears, and then Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs). But in the end, fans of Watson and the Texans alike rejoiced at the pick.
Deshaun Watson is the best QB in the draft ????????♂️
— Justus Ellis (@ellis_J2) April 27, 2017
Deshaun Watson is the real deal. Any team passing on him will regret it #NFLDraft
— Shayler Carlton (@shaylercarlton) April 27, 2017
Deshaun Watson for Houston is legit
— Joel (@Joel0035) April 28, 2017
Deshaun Watson!!!! Lets go texans!!
— Pablo (@Ldotgarcia) April 28, 2017
Viewers had their minds blown during the latest episode of The CW’s “The Flash” (11,301 ERs) when it was revealed (spoiler alert!) that Savitar was actually a future version of the main character Barry Allen (portrayed by Grant Gustin). The identity of the villain has remained a mystery ever since he emerged in the beginning of this season, and while some fans were shocked when the mask was (literally) removed to reveal a scarred version of their beloved superhero, others just kind of shrugged and went on with their evening.
Omg Savitar is Barry⚡️⚡️
— Tyler (@Tylerhrison_6) May 3, 2017
barry is savitar ???? wtf #TheFlash
— lul davy ???? (@davidgotdinero) May 3, 2017
Savitar reveal = Meh
— Taylor Pechter (@TheInspecter) May 3, 2017
The Savitar reveal.
— Gary Devenport (@Garebear__11) May 3, 2017
The much-anticipated “American Gods” on Starz, which was adapted from the novel by Neil Gaiman, garnered 10,702 ERs when it premiered on Sunday. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most-mentioned character was protagonist Shadow Moon (played by Ricky Whittle), who takes a job as a bodyguard to the god Odin. Many viewers shared the same opinion: Shadow/Whittle is quite attractive. Others went a little deeper, congratulating Whittle on his portrayal and acting skills.
Shadow Moon, so hot. #AmericanGods
— R B (@rachellovestv) May 1, 2017
Hello shadow moon ???? #AmericanGods
— Nerd Almighty (@Ororoxpayne) May 1, 2017
@MrRickyWhittle Thank you for bringing Shadow to life. Great casting!
— Logan Braswell (@loganbraswell) May 1, 2017
— deborah m (@wordybee) May 1, 2017