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Why Derrick Rose, Brock Lesnar and Derek Shepherd Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

An NBA player, a wrestling champion and a departed doctor 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 Oct. 31 through Nov. 6 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

Fox Sports’ broadcast of the NBA game between the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves sparked 86,706 Emotional Reactions (ERs), with Minnesota’s Derrick Rose driving much of the emotional conversation. The point guard racked up a career-high 50 points and made a gaming-winning block putting the final score at 128-125 over Utah. Rose wasn’t shy about his emotions, either — he was wiping away tears in a post-game interview, something that endeared him to fans that much more.

Brock Lesnar drove much of the emotional discussion during the WWE Crown Jewel pay-per-view event, which generated 54,184 ERs. Lesnar went up against Braun Strowman for the WWE Universal Championship and emerged triumphant, after hammering him with five F-5s (one of Lesnar’s signature moves where he lifts an opponent onto his shoulders, spins around and throws him on the ground). Viewers had mixed feelings about the event as a whole, with many shaking their heads at the planning and results.


An episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC had viewers moved to the point of 11,049 ERs. Although main character Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) inspired her fair share of the conversation, it was the long-departed Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) who drove viewers to tears. The episode had a noticeable “Día de los Muertos” theme and featured various characters, including Derek, who had died on the show, a tactic that clearly pulled at fans’ heartstrings and generated all the feels.