Why Jesse Williams, Cersei Lannister, Nicole Franzel Are TV’s Twitter MVPs of the Week

This week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities, as measured on social media

Last Updated: July 6, 2016 @ 6:20 PM

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).

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.

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.

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