TheWrap 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 Sept. 20-26 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.
The Dallas Cowboys owner, Big Brother’s second-time runner-up and a Teen Wolf fan favorite had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sparked a tidal wave of conversation around the Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals game on Monday night by joining his team in taking a knee before the national anthem was sung. The game was broadcast on ESPN and was the most emotionally-reacted to programming of the period measured with 130,419 Emotional Reactions (ERs). While many people applauded Jones’ show of solidarity with his players (and some noted that this kneeling took place before the anthem, instead of during, which is what has sparked so much debate in recent days), others felt it was a sign of disrespect and sent more derogatory comments.
Season 19 of CBS’s “Big Brother” (118,623 ERs) wrapped up on Sept. 20, and interestingly, it was runner-up Paul Abrahamian who sparked more conversation than winner Josh Martinez. Paul was previously a contestant during season 18, where he (also) came in second place. Lots of people found this repeat-of-the-past to be quite amusing, especially because throughout this season Paul was viewed by many as being annoying, and it seemed fitting that success once again eluded him.
Fans said an emotional goodbye to MTV’s hit “Teen Wolf” during the series finale on Sunday (67,314 ERs), with many commenting about the character Stiles Stilinski (portrayed by Dylan O’Brien), who has been mostly absent from the second half of this season. But as the final battle heated up, he returned, much to viewers’ ecstasy. It’s notable that, even after a nearly two-month absence from the show — not to mention that he isn’t the main character — Stiles has always prompted major conversation (this isn’t the first time he’s made the MVP list).