Check out the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters.
A professional wrestler, a dying son and a point guard for Oklahoma had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.
The Wrap 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 Feb. 21-27 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.
Roman Reigns was the most-mentioned wrestler during WWE’s “Elimination Chamber,” a pay-per-view event that sparked 75,409 Emotional Reactions (ERs). Reigns beat out his competition and will go face-to-face with rival Brock Lesnar for the title at WrestleMania 34. Fans’ feelings were split with his win, with some excitedly offering congratulations while others pouted and declared their dislike for the fighter.
Congratulations to Roman Reigns for winning the elimination chamber!!
— Peggy Norris (@Angel_Cena) February 26, 2018
YASSSSSS ROMAN ???????? #WWEChamber
— Annette ???? (@AnnetteReid24) February 26, 2018
Man, even the Roman fans are getting tired of Roman. #WWEChamber
— Adam Petitjean???? (@LittleSpook75) February 26, 2018
— Jimsuke Nakamura (@SweetJimReaper) February 26, 2018
The emotional midseason return of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” inspired 63,592 ERs and had fans crying out in agony over the death of Carl Grimes (portrayed by Chandler Riggs). Much of the episode centered around Carl’s descent; he was previously bitten by a walker and viewers saw the virus start to take over. Other characters said their heartfelt goodbyes — and fans wept right alongside them.
goodbye carl ????❤️ #TheWalkingDead
— T saw black panther 3x (@wxmxbles) February 26, 2018
CARL IM CRYING #TheWalkingDead
— ㅤdiana (@taetaeissues) February 26, 2018
No not Carl ???? #TheWalkingDead
— LuvAshPooh24 (@LuvAshPooh24) February 26, 2018
— SOXBRUWIN (@jerilynk66) February 26, 2018
ABC’s broadcast of the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors generated 31,243 ERs, with Oklahoma guard Russell Westbrook being the most-mentioned player. Among the usual buzz, two moments in particular fired fans up: first, when Warriors’ Nick Young sunk a basket and Westbrook jumped up off the bench and pushed him tauntingly, and later when Westbrook missed a layup and fell down, with Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia falling on top of him. This tumble ignited a conversation about whether or not Pachulia intentionally fell on Westbrook (as of this writing it’s being reported that Pachulia will not face NBA discipline).
Russ just pushed Nick Young lmao!
— Christina M. (@Christina_SRL) February 25, 2018
Russ is such a big baby ????
— Señor B (@Stringy_b) February 25, 2018
Zaza flopped on Russ
— Chocoman (@arturoelnegro_) February 25, 2018
Zaza tried to hurt Westbrook smh
— Austin Tran (@AuTran14) February 25, 2018