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Why BTS, Kate Pearson and Asuka Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

A South Korean boy band, a beautiful bride and a female wrestler had viewers talking passionately on social media

Check out who were the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters.

A South Korean boy band, a beautiful bride and a female wrestler had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement 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 Mar. 7-13 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

The TBS broadcast of the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards generated 180,809 Emotional Reactions (ERs), with BTS (also known as Bangtan Boys or Beyond The Scene) being the most-mentioned of the evening. The South Korean sensation was awarded Best Boy Band and also took home Best Fan Army — and the fans indeed proved their love for the boys with an outpouring of congratulatory messages.


The season-two finale of “This Is Us” on NBC inspired 21,781 ERs and mostly centered on the wedding of Kate Pearson (portrayed by Chrissy Metz) and Toby Damon (Chris Sullivan). Fittingly, conversation centered around Kate and Toby, with Kate driving slightly more discussion. People were annoyed during the moments where it looked like she would pull a “runaway bride,” breathed a sigh of relief when they made it to the altar and oohed and ahhed at her wedding dress and overall look.


Despite not actually competing in the WWE Fastlane event on PPV (36,894 ERs), wrestler Asuka was the most-mentioned during the evening thanks to her surprise appearance near the end. She came on stage, much to viewers’ excitement, and issued a challenge to Charlotte Flair for the upcoming WrestleMania. Asuka hasn’t lost a match in the three years she’s been with the WWE and fans are eagerly anticipating the upcoming match.


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