A “Grey’s Anatomy” star, a fictional queen and a nurse from Michigan got viewers talking passionately on Twitter over the past week.
TheWrap has partnered with Canvs, a language analytics company that measures emotions around content, for a weekly look at the personalities and characters that have TV viewers the most worked up. The data below covers June 20-26 and is drawn from the 10 most emotionally reacted-to broadcast and cable television shows and specials.
On Sunday, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams accepted the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award during the “BET Awards” and gave a short, powerful speech on race in America that’s become something of a cultural phenomenon. (You can watch it at BET.com.) Of the 3,445,881 tweets about the show captured by Nielsen, Canvs detected 925,630 that expressed a specific Emotional Reaction (ER) — and Williams topped all other award recipients by personally prompting 55,537 of those ERs (6 percent of the overall total).
I have no words…..eloquent, moving, spot on and perfectly put….I'm so inspired @iJesseWilliams
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) June 27, 2016
Holy shit who knew Jesse Williams had that in him..Wow
— JR (@JROC_410) June 27, 2016
You certainly saw this coming: A character from the Season 6 finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” would inevitably end up on our list — the only question was which character. The Twittersphere hath spoken and it is Cersei Lannister. Of the 205,937 ERs expressed about the episode, 19,123 — nearly 1 in 5 — mentioned her. No spoilers, but the queen got down to business in the finale.
Cersei is so bad ????
— RawrClau♛ (@rawrclau) June 27, 2016
CERSEI IS KILLIN' IT #GameofThrones
— nicole ❂ (@nicjavii) June 27, 2016
The two-night season 18 premiere of “Big Brother” brought a familiar face back to prominence: Season 16 contestant/houseguest Nicole Franzel. An ER (Emergency Room, not Emotional Reaction!) nurse from Ubly, Michigan, Franzel rose above her competitors by the second night of the premiere, personally prompting a dominant 14 percent (4,154) of the 29,597 ERs surrounding the episode. There are, naturally, mixed feelings among viewers about how she’s playing the “Big Brother” game.
Well played, Nicole. #bb18
— NotReality (@NotReality) June 24, 2016
Nicole is such a moron. I really can't with all this stupidity #bb18
— Kelly (@cincykelly14) June 24, 2016