Why Scott Dixon, Sarah Lacina and Aria Montgomery Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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

TheWrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion analytics 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 May 24-30 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television shows, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

A lucky race car driver, the Sole Survivor and a pretty little liar had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past week.

During ABC’s broadcast of the 2017 Indianapolis 500, which received 43,158 Emotional Reactions (ERs), racer Scott Dixon was in a fiery crash during the first turn where he car was basically destroyed — but he miraculously walked away unscathed. Viewers went nuts, proclaiming how insane the crash was and how lucky Dixon is to be alive.




The 34th season of the CBS stalwart “Survivor” (20,983 ERs) came to a close last Wednesday with Sarah Lacina (who originally appeared on season 28 of the show) being crowned the winner. After what some considered to be a confusing episode that included some tricky misdirection around the final Tribal Council, the policewoman from Iowa beat out Floridian Brad Culpeper to snag the illustrious title of Sole Survivor. Her fans rejoiced and the congratulatory messages flowed in, although some were less than pleased with the final result.




During the most recent episode of Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars” (15,628 ERs) viewers were highly displeased with Aria Montgomery (portrayed by Lucy Hale). Aria, who is now doing the bidding of the dreaded, evil A.D., ends up disguised in the typical “A-ish” black hoodie and wrecks her friends’ baby nursery. The despicable action prompted outrage from viewers who are clearly upset that she’s gone to the dark side, even if it wasn’t by her own volition.