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Why Cardi B, Angie ‘Rockstar’ Lantry and Waverly Earp Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

A rapper, a ”Big Brother“ houseguest and a Black Badge Division member 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 Aug. 15-21 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards prompted an impressive 544,306 Emotional Reactions (ERs) with rapper Cardi B driving much of the emotional conversation during the night.

In her first major appearance since giving birth earlier this year, the rapper opened the show and then proceeded to win three awards: Best New Artist, Song of the Summer for “I Like It” and Best Collaboration for “Dinero” with Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled.

As usually happens with award shows, fan comments were mixed — many applauded her looks and performance on stage, while others simple sent messages of love or hate.


A recent episode of “Big Brother” on CBS resulted in 24,795 ERs, with contestant Angie “Rockstar” Lantry driving a lot of emotional discussion, especially when she ended up being the one evicted from the house.

Comments about everything from her looks to her attitude poured in during the episode, with more than a few people admitting they were glad to see her go, while others proclaimed their love.

Syfy’s “Wynonna Earp” continues to generate significant emotional conversation this summer, with a recent episode resulting in 16,073 ERs.

The character driving the bulk of emotional discussion was Waverly Earp (portrayed by Dominique Provost-Chalkley), a member of the Black Badge Division and sister of main character Wynonna.

In this episode, the girls’ mother (Megan Follows) is certain that Waverly is being stalked by a demon. Fans loved seeing the three women act on screen together, and sent messages of encouragement to Waverly to stay strong.