Check out the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters.
A French soccer player, a NASCAR driver and a competitive eater had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.
The Wrap 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 July 4-10 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.
The World Cup continues to be a big driver of emotional conversation, and this time around it was Kylian Mbappé sparking viewer comments during the France vs. Belgium match that was broadcast on Fox and Telemundo and generated 52,804 Emotional Reactions (ERs). The 19-year-old French forward has scored three goals in the tournament, and although France’s sole (and game-winning) goal was by Samuel Umtiti, people were talking about Mbappé’s mad skills in droves.
Mbappe with a beautiful pass omg
— asiel (@asieldiarte) July 10, 2018
Mbappe is on another level. My god.
— David (@LegsFeedWolf80) July 10, 2018
mbappe best player of the world cup
— Gera (@ojdidthatshit) July 10, 2018
MBAPPE THAT BACK HEEL WAS SICK
— Mr. Mundial (@AnthonyNunnezz) July 10, 2018
NBC’s broadcast of the Monster Energy Cup Series: Coke Zero Sugar 400 generated 24,290 ERs, and even though Erik Jones ultimately won, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove more conversation — and much of it was negative. The driver sparked viewer anger during the race when, during lap 55, he caused a 25-car crash and then later triggered more incidents. When he got into a crash himself, people were more than amused, some citing karma (Stenhouse finished the race at 17th).
How many cars can Stenhouse wreck tonight? What an idiot!
— Willie Tolbert (@wjt369) July 8, 2018
Way to go Stenhouse..jackass!!!
— Ronald Silvers (@SilversRonald) July 8, 2018
LOOOOOL! As soon as Stenhouse wrecked the crowed went crazy!
— Jett Kraus (@RacingMDK) July 8, 2018
— Michelle Batton (@MichelleB2019) July 8, 2018
ESPN’s broadcast of the 2018 Hot Dog Eating Contest prompted 16,378 ERs, with Joey Chestnut snagging the win (his third in a row and 11th in the last 12 years) with a world-record 74 hot dogs consumed. Viewers cheered him on with a mix of witty remarks and sheer amazement (although of course there was some snark thrown in).
Is Joey Chestnut the greatest athlete of our time?
— Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) July 4, 2018
Death. Taxes. Joey Chestnut ????
— Joseph Constantin (@JConstantin10) July 4, 2018
Joey Chestnut is must see TV
— JB (@Joe_Lando50) July 4, 2018
I love hot dogs except when I see Joey Chestnut eating them.
— Tawrrence Jackson (@Tawjac) July 4, 2018