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 Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.
The L.A. Rams quarterback, a surprise “SNL” guest and an assistant with special powers had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.
NFL Network’s broadcast of the Minnesota Vikings vs. Los Angeles Rams game prompted 70,753 Emotional Reactions (ERs), with Rams quarterback Jared Goff driving a lot of the emotional conversation. Goff threw for five touchdowns and had no interceptions, helping lead his team to victory. Viewers applauded his throws in particular, showering him with praise and expressing love for the athlete and his team.
I know McVay is a genius but Goff has been brilliant this year. Has made some elite throws and is making the smart/correct reads
— Daniel Gomes (@RealDealGomes) September 28, 2018
What a Throw….
People saying Goff is a system QB need to watch this game. The system is great but the ball still needs be thrown.
— Encyclo?️edia Brown (@ValleJ25) September 28, 2018
That touch from Goff on the TD pass to Kupp was soooo good. He never had to adjust his speed, the ball was perfect.
— Devin Nylander (@DevinNylander) September 28, 2018
Nice pass there Goff. As soon as LB turned his head……..boom…..perfect timing.
— ♣️♦️BOPP♥️♠️ (@BamaBopp) September 28, 2018
The 44th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC sparked 48,770 ERs, with special guest Matt Damon driving much of the emotional conversation. Damon’s starring role in the cold open, in which he parodied Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s recent testimony in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, had people laughing up a storm and expressing love towards the actor — although some viewers took a different view, expressing disgust at how the show made light of the serious issue of sexual assault.
— Vasu Kulkarni (@Vasu) September 30, 2018
Literally, this is probably Matt Damons greatest role & I couldn't be happier with this opening. ❤ https://t.co/hEe1uteUCp
— M Fogerty Magpie (@fogertymagpie) September 30, 2018
I don’t know. I just don’t think rape and putting a rapist on the Supreme Court is funny. This is just normalizing all this crazy ass bullshit. #SNL @nbcsnl And Matt Damon as Kavanaugh, sounds about right since he’s Damon has his own white privileged nonsense
— HRCSuperVol1 ? (@hrcsupervol01) September 30, 2018
An episode of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” on FX generated 20,684 ERs, and a key driver of viewer emotion was the character Mallory (portrayed by Billie Lourd). Her actions during the interrogation with Langdon (including making flames dance and throwing him around with her mind) had many wondering if she’s actually a witch. Fans didn’t bother to conceal their shock, and then excitement, at the prospect.
Holy crap! Next time Mallory says 'Let me go!', you better listen! ?♀️#AHSApocalypse
— Brian J Nethercott (@Lavidar666) September 27, 2018
HOLY CRAP MALLORY HAS POWERS ALSO WE JUST SAW THE FIRST LOOK AT MICHAEL AS FULL ANTI-CHRIST #AHSApocalypse
— jas is HEATED (@jasper_sage_) September 27, 2018
Mallory is a witch!! YAAASSSSS! #AHSApocalypse
— ?????♡ (@IvanaSymone) September 27, 2018