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Why Isaiah Thomas, Harry Styles and Spencer Hastings Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

Zoom in on the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters

TheWrap has partnered with Canvs, a language analytics company that measures emotions around content, 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 April 12-18 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television shows, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

A Boston Celtic, a singer and a pretty little liar had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past week.

The most emotionally-reacted to program on TV in the last week was Sunday’s Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics on TNT, which garnered 114,489 Emotional Reactions (ERs). Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas was the most-mentioned player, receiving an outpouring of support from fans due to the unexpected death of his sister Chyna the day before. Despite the tragedy, Thomas played well during the game, snagging 33 points, six assists and five rebounds.




Over half of the 82,124 ERs sent around the latest episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” were prompted by musical guest Harry Styles. The singer who rose to fame as a member of boy band One Direction appeared in multiple sketches and also debuted a couple of songs from his upcoming solo album. Fans went wild, with many professing their undying love for him and admiring his boyish good looks.




During the midseason premiere (following a 7-month hiatus) of “Pretty Little Liars” on Freeform which had 38,054 ERs, Spencer Hastings (portrayed by Troian Bellisario) was the most-mentioned character. Fans were relieved to see that Spencer escaped relatively unscathed from her gunshot wound at the end of the first-half midseason finale (or whatever you want to call that), but drama quickly reemerged surrounding Spencer’s origins, biological mother and how much the mysterious A.D., who continues to torment the girls, actually knows. Viewers were quick to encourage Spencer to stay strong as she confronted her (turns out, adoptive) mother.