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Why Astros’ Jose Altuve, Yandy Smith and Nikki Bella Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

Here’s the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters

The Astros second baseman, a hip hop manager and a WWE star-turned-dancer had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

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 Oct. 25-31 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

Game 5 of the 2017 World Series on Fox between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros was the most emotionally reacted-to program in the period measured with 289,423 Emotional Reactions (ERs). In a thrilling game that had each team trading the lead, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve stood out. The Dodgers were on top 7-4 when Altuve stepped up to bat with two runners on base and two outs. With a beautiful swing he sent the ball deep over left-center field from a home run, tying the game. While Houston fans rejoiced and called him MVP material, Dodgers viewers sulked (although some conceded that Altuve does have talent).


In the realm of reality TV, negative emotions aren’t necessarily a bad thing — people love to hate-watch, and the characters that bug viewers also keep them riveted to the screen, eager to see what ridiculous thing they’ll do next. This was the case during the season 8 premiere of “Love & Hip Hop: New York” (14,920 ERs) when Yandy Smith became the most mentioned… and most criticized. Many of the comments centered around her looks, with her wig being one of the big conversation drivers (lots of people thought it looked bad and just, well, fake). Other viewers attacked her personality, particularly in respect to her relationship with Mendeecees, who’s currently in prison. One scene that really hit fans’ nerves: when Mendeecees’ mom caught Yandy rubbing lotion onto a hunky artist for a music video shoot.


Viewers were shocked during the most recent episode of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (11,492 ERs) when there was a surprise double elimination at the end, sending home couples Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev, and Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Of all the performers that evening, Nikki arguably prompted the most spirited conversation (although it’s worth noting that Frankie Muniz also got his fair share of buzz given his achievement of a perfect score). Although TV critics were pretty much in agreement that it was time for Nikki to go home, fans were split on the issue, with some protesting loudly.