Social Climbers Charts: Who are the most popular personalities and TV shows based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube?

The Hollywood Reporter
Social Climbers Charts: Chris Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson Lead Gains
By Kevin Rutherford

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The charts rank the most popular personalities and TV shows based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

The top 10 of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actors chart, part of its Social Climbers chart portfolio, features multiple actors who posted on social media in the wake of the Aug. 28 death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.

THR’s Social Climbers charts are rankings of the most popular entities on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, with global data provided by social media analytics company MVP. The chart’s methodology blends engagement to entities’ social media accounts along with weekly additions of followers/subscribers. The latest tracking week ended Sept. 1.

Dwayne Johnson rules Top Actors for a third week in a row, with his top post of the week referencing Boseman’s death. “This was hard to hear about,” he wrote on Instagram Aug. 29. “Hard to imagine the quiet pain and struggle you went thru all these years, yet still shined your powerful light and talents to inspire the world.” Johnson’s upload received 7.2 million favorites, adding to his overall sum of 12.4 million for the Aug. 26-Sept. 1 tracking week.

However, Johnson’s post was not the most-engaged-with in the tracking week by an actor. The Instagram upload and tweet to Boseman’s official accounts announcing his death take that distinction; the former received 18.7 million favorites, while the latter accumulated 7.7 million likes and 2.3 million retweets. The latter is the most-liked tweet in Twitter’s history.

Following Boseman’s posts, Avengers franchise co-star Chris Hemsworth had the most-engaged-with social post by an actor, an Aug. 28 Instagram upload featuring a photo of the pair. “Gonna miss you mate,” he wrote. “Absolutely heartbreaking.” The post has received 8.1 million favorites and spurred Hemsworth’s return to the Top Actors chart, re-entering at No. 5.

Kevin Hart, who reaches Top Actors’ top three, rising 9-3, also posted about Boseman; his overall 9.1 million Instagram favorites for the week included two uploads featuring pictures he’d taken with the late actor. “Your legacy will live on forever,” he wrote in one.

Mark Ruffalo, who also starred with Boseman in the Avengers franchise, and Viola Davis additionally earned gains on Top Actors attributed largely to comments on Boseman’s passing, at Nos. 7 and 4, respectively.

See the six Social Climbers charts for Sept. 9 below.

Top Actors 1. Dwayne Johnson (=)
2. Jim Gaffigan (debut)
3. Kevin Hart (+6)
4. Viola Davis (re-entry)
5. Chris Hemsworth (re-entry)
6. Macaulay Culkin (re-entry)
7. Mark Ruffalo (re-entry)
8. Lili Reinhart (+2)
9. Bette Midler (re-entry)
10. Dove Cameron (re-entry)

Top Comedians
1. Jim Gaffigan (re-entry)
2. Kevin Hart (-1)
3. DL Hughley (=)
4. Joe Rogan (-2)
5. Trevor Noah (re-entry)
6. Lil’ Duval (-2)
7. Kountry Wayne (=)
8. Desi Banks (+2)
9. Karlous Miller (re-entry)
10. Martin Lawrence (re-entry)

Top TV Personalities
1. Mike Huckabee (=)
2. Gordon Ramsay (+2)
3. Jake Tapper (-1)
4. Steve Harvey (-1)
5. Trevor Noah (re-entry)
6. Chris Hayes (+2)
7. Liz Wheeler (+3)
8. Bear Grylls (re-entry)
9. Chelsea Handler (re-entry)
10. Bill Maher (-5)

Top Scripted
1. The Umbrella Academy (=)
2. Doctor Who (re-entry)
3. SpongeBob SquarePants (+1)
4. Lucifer (-2)
5. Peaky Blinders (=)
6. Mickey Mouse (re-entry)
7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (-4)
8. This Is Us (re-entry)
9. Sesame Street (+1)
10. Peppa Pig (re-entry)

Top News/Talk/Variety
1. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (=)
2. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (+1)
3. The Rachel Maddow Show (-1)
4. Entertainment Tonight (+3)
5. Fox & Friends (=)
6. Good Morning America (-2)
7. Today (-1)
8. Tucker Carlson Tonight (+1)
9. Tosh.0 (+1)
10. Vice News Tonight (re-entry)

Top Unscripted
1. America’s Funniest Home Videos (+2)
2. America’s Got Talent (=)
3. RuPaul’s Drag Race (-2)
4. American Idol (re-entry)
5. Love Island USA (=)
6. The Incredible Dr. Pol (=)
7. The Bachelorette (re-entry)
8. Dancing with the Stars (-1)
9. Big Brother (-5)
10. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (re-entry)

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