The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement AI 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. 10-16 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.
NBC’s broadcast of the NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots got people talking to the tune of 91,161 Emotional Reactions (ERs), more than any other airing during the period measured. It was a close game that had fans for both sides emoting on social media, especially when the Chiefs tied it up at 40-all in the last three minutes. But the Pats pulled off a final field goal to take the win — and earn the most ERs.
Win or lose, the game B/T Patriots vs. Chiefs should be a good game to watch.
— Kristin and Panda (@rescueapom1) October 14, 2018
What a game between the @Patriots and @Chiefs. I have to give respect to the Chiefs, they have a great young group of playmakers. They lost by 3 to my favorite team Patriots. Probably be seeing them again in the playoffs.
— Derek Schmidt (@DerekSchmidt5) October 15, 2018
What a great game to watch! Shootout and back and forth Sunday night NFL Game! Glad the patriots pulled it out. Go Patriots!
— Matthew D Plew (@Matt_Plew19) October 15, 2018
What an amazing game we got here tonight between the Chiefs & the Patriots. I’ve been squealing like a little boy opening a Xmas present almost every play. So exciting!
— Jonathan Kaker (@theKaKeShow) October 15, 2018
The third-season premiere of “Riverdale” on The CW generated 25,326 ERs, with the character Archie Andrews (portrayed by KJ Apa) driving a critical mass of viewers’ emotional reactions. People had plenty to say about Archie being on trial for a murder he didn’t commit, and eventually (spoiler alert) taking a plea deal to serve time in juvenile detention. Some questioned if he’s actually an idiot, or if it’s all part of a bigger plan.
I love how we’re using this trial to recap what’s happened the first 2 seasons and reminding us Archie is still a larger than life hero in this small town. #Riverdale
— David (@DavidJanes_DJ) October 11, 2018
I almost forgot it was time to start live-tweeting #Riverdale again…
…and then Archie showed up to his murder trial in a tuxedo.
Welcome back, you weird-ass show. I still love you….mostly.
— Coby Blue (@CobyBlue36) October 11, 2018
Is Archie and idiot or is he playing a game? Its Archie he always has a plan right? #Riverdale
— Jonathan Dusseau (@Parlondo) October 11, 2018
Archie is seriously gonna be a martyr all the way to jail just cause he is that stupid and feels guilty about working for Hiram… idiot.#Riverdale
— spooky shelbs ???? ☕ ???? (@shelbyec13) October 11, 2018
Roseanne Barr may not have actually appeared (as her now-deceased namesake character) in ABC’s new spinoff “The Conners,” which premiered Tuesday night (12,368 ERs), but she — and/or her character — drove tons of fans’ emotional reactions nonetheless. Some viewers talked about missing her but being glad that the rest of the family still has a place on TV, while others expressed strong opinions about how ABC approached her off-screen death.
Watched The Connor's opening segment and absolutely loved it. The characters are so well drawn and the actors so finely tuned to each other that they made it work beautifully. Goodbye, Roseanne. Your character will be missed. Long may the show go on.
— Linda Lorraine (@Monarchs_Mexico) October 17, 2018
Key takeaways from the @Astros @RedSox game tonight: @TheConnersABC writers killed off Roseanne while staying true to an existing story line in the show and smeared her name at the same time. Well played. #TheConners #Roseanne
— J. New 10 (@New10j1) October 17, 2018
Thought I would only watch the first episode just to see how it mends together but @TheConnersABC was pretty good. I’ll watch it again…Thank god there were no meta jokes on Roseanne. It was done with sensitivity not like when Charlie Harper was “killed off” #TheConners
— Steve Kay (@SmkNYC83) October 17, 2018
Wow so they killed off Roseanne and to make it even more controversial they gave her a drug problem and said she OD’d. Yikes. #TheConners
— Lindsey Kelly (@pfflindsyadigg) October 17, 2018