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And no, I still haven't gotten around to doing S1.  I swear though, before its all over, I will get to it.

This is just a compilation post, to compare the screentime totals from past seasons to this season.

Clark Kent

S9:  416m, 43s (22 eps)
S8:  447m, 55s (22 eps)
S7:  333m, 39s (20 eps)*
S6:  377m, 12s (22 eps)
S5:  441m, 22s (22 eps)
S4:  480m, 49s (22 eps)**
S3:  490m, 49s (22 eps)***
S2:  526m, 39s (23 eps)****

* TW Total: 366m, 52s
**TW Total:  490m, 15s
***TW Total:  504m, 23s
****TW Total:  526m, 33s

Other Comparisons for other character

Chloe Sullivan:

S9:  206m, 42s (22 eps)
S8:  290m, 30s (21 eps)
S7:  176m, 52s (20 eps)
S6:  220m, 19s (22 eps)
S5:  194m, 50s (22 eps)
S4:  171m, 2s (21 eps)
S3:  134m, 6s (20 eps)
S2:  123m, 35s (22 eps)

Lois Lane:

S9:  297m, 42s (18 eps)
S8:  154m, 30s (12 eps)
S7:  96m, 9s (12)
S6:  120m, 18s (13)
S5:  101m, 20s (13)
S4:  167m, 51s (13)

Oliver Queen:

S9:  167m, 2s (17)
S8:  129m, 55s (12)
S6:  84m, 39s (7)

Tess Mercer:

S9:  118m, 16s (17)
S8:  119m, 17s (13)

Zod- One Season Villian

S9:  122m, 19s (12)

Davis-One Season Villian

S8:  118m, 2s (12)

Jason Teague - One Season Character/Eventual Villian

S4:  118m, 25s (20)

S9 High's and Low's, Excluding the 2 hour Absolute Justice

Clark Kent

S9 Season High :  Persuasion 27m, 52s
S9 Season Low:  Sacrifice 10m

Chloe Sullivan:

S9 Season High:  Escape 17m, 32s
S9 Season Low:  Conspiracy 4m

Lois Lane:  

S9 Season High:  Pandora 32m, 45s
S9 Season Low:  Disciple 9m, 54s

Oliver Queen

S9 Season High:  Roulette 28m, 15s
S9 Season Low:  Hostage  1m, 33s

Tess Mercer

S9 Season High:  Checkmate  14m, 25s
S9 Season Low:  Conspiracy  1m, 51s


S9 Season High:  Kandor  15m, 33s
S9 Season Low:  Rabid  3m, 19s    


May. 27th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Season 10 is over already? Wow, time sure flies ;)

Final average ST:

Clark- 18m, 57s
Chloe- 9m, 24s
Lois- 16m, 32s
Oliver- 9m, 49s
Tess- 6m, 58s
Zod- 10m, 12s

First of all, a big thank you for continuing to provide these numbers for us.

I'm still disgusted by how badly they mismanaged the screentime this year, though. Like I've said before, I don't mind when characters, even ones I hate, get an episode or two of focus in a season. That's fine with me. The problem is when someone who is not Clark dominates the ST for several episodes in a row, like Lois did in the first 9 episodes. Even last season, when people were complaining about Chloe's time, Clark still ended up with his highest total since Season 4, and the others got decent time as well.

This season Clark lost time, Oliver had more time, but only because he had more episodes (his average was down by exactly 1 minute), Tess had less time with more episodes, and Chloe's time was cut by almost 30%. But Lois somehow doubles her time from last season? Ugh.

I'll be looking forward to next season's numbers (even though I'm not going to watch the episodes without Chloe, I'll still do the averages).
May. 27th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the averages. I always appreciate your effort. And its great you'll do them next season, even if you don't watch!

I also believe that Lois just had too much screentime, which is also how I felt last season with Chloe (I am consistent!). I understand them wanting to give her more focus, because she certainly had gotten neglected in the past. But, it got a little out of hand.

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May. 27th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Very interesting! I'm disappointed at the drop in Tom minutes but that was pretty inevitable given the low numbers in the opening episodes (plus no Labyrinth to inflate the numbers - imagine what S6 would have been like without that episode!)

I also found Chloe's numbers interesting - this season actually turned out fairly typical despite the perception in parts that she wasn't used much.
May. 27th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Tom had several eps that were very low for him this season. Low for Clark is anything under 14m.

Both S6 and S7 have an episode that skews everything. For S6, its Labyrinth (and Clark's screentime in S6 is CRIMINAL!), and for S7, its Persona and Gemini, where Tom is on screen, but its not Clark, its Bizarro.

I think the thing with Chloe is that she was all over the show last season, and so there was a noticeable difference to this season.
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May. 27th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
It's hard to believe Jason, Zod, Davis and Tess have all had about the same amount of screentime. I didn't even feel Jason's presence that much in S4!
May. 27th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Jason was in a lot of eps. But, often, it was just a few very short scenes. Its interesting to me that even with more eps, he ended up with almost the same number of screentime minutes as Davis and Zod.
May. 27th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for compiling these, Valerie, they're always fascinating to me! Of course I'm disappointed in Clark's drop in screen time over last season, but I'm encouraged that the focus seems to have come back to him toward the end of the season, even when he didn't have as many minutes onscreen as I would have liked. I feel pretty optimistic about next season, in spite of the fact that Tom's time commitment to Hellcats is a big unknown that makes me nervous. He really seemed engaged in Smallville and playing Clark at the Upfronts, so I'm going to remain hopeful.

I guess the writers felt a strong need to establish Lois as the leading lady at the beginning of the season, and while I enjoyed her a lot, I think they went way overboard, and at Clark's expense. I thought the later episodes were better in that respect. I think it's wrong that Lois had so many episodes where her time exceeded Clark's, and that both Lois and Oliver's season highs exceeded Clark's. At least Clark's grand total beat everyone else by a healthy margin, that's just as it should be.

What's really criminal is how little screen time they gave Tess! Not only overall, but in meaningful scenes with Clark. They hardly had any scenes together, and when they did, Clark was usually manhandling her in some way. TPTB squandered Cassidy's amazing talents as an actress, and the wonderful chemistry we saw between Tom and Cassidy in S8. With Zod gone in S10, I hope we can see a return to more Clark and Tess interaction.

The Tess/Zod/Davis/Jason comparison is interesting. I didn't realize that Jason was in so many episodes! I guess back then, if you were a series regular, you were in just about every one. The limited episode counts must be a more recent development that came with the budget cuts. I wonder if we'll see more regulars added to the cast in S10, or if we'll only have the four listed in the promotional materials for the Upfronts, with AM as a recurring guest star.

I don't know how Tom did it in those first two seasons. They must have just about worked him to death. What a trooper. I wonder how Tom's screen time compares with the leads on other shows that primarily center around one character, like House, 24, and Justified.
May. 27th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know what to expect for S10. I really don't. Part of me feels excited for what Salvation set up. And part of me wants to remind myself not to get too excited, since we never really know what to expect from these showrunners.

I think they went overboard with Lois too. I totally understand that they needed to give her more focus, since she's been neglected in the past. And I'm glad she finally got more eps. But, it felt like too much to me. The beginning of S9 really felt more like a Lois show to me, then a Clark show.

I was so disappointed in how they used Tess this season, even though CF did a fabulous job with everything they gave her. I think it was really a mistake to isolate her so much from Clark, and have her stuck with Zod much of the time. It got better as the season went on (ditto for Chloe), but I felt that screentime could've been used bettter in the first half of the season.

I too wonder if we are going to see anyone added as a regular in S10, because the show has never been down to 4 before. But who would they add? Emil? Cat Grant? Or, are they going to just use actors in recurring arcs, which actually works for me. The impression I got from the upfronts was "lots of guest stars".

As much as I think it would be interesting to see how Tom compares with leads from other shows, I refuse to do it! One of these projects is enough for a lifetime. LOL
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May. 27th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the screentime totals over the course of SV. You do us all a great service.

I was wondering, in Season 2, there is a difference between the Clark Kent ST: 526m 39s and the Tom Welling ST: 526m 33s. Mr. Welling had less screentime than Clark Kent. Is that a typo? Or, are you considering someone else playing Clark Kent? I am thinking of that little boy in Martha's lap when they found Clark and his spaceship. Was that in Season 2?

May. 27th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly! When I started doing these totals, I decided that I had to have rules for myself. Guidelines that I needed to follow, otherwise this whole thing would've turned into a giant mess. So, one of my rules is that I could character minutes. Which means TW doesn't need to be playing Clark Kent for Clark's minutes to count, as long as we are seeing a Clark Kent on screen. I applied this same thing to Lex's minutes, when he was played by little Lex's. And young Oliver in Reunion, and so on.

Let me tell you, body switch eps like Transference and Hex are a BITCH!

And thanks for this gif. Its one of the sweetest moments of the show.
May. 27th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
As always Thanks for the numbers !

Another season with Clark averaging less than twenty minutes but without any Bizarro time for an excuse.

Lois' low is higher than Chloe, Oliver, and Tess' average and almost as much as Zod's average?

Crazy, I tell you!

And with Chloe on the way out assuming Lois learning the secret sticks I wouldn't be surprised if Lois' numbers actually go up next season.

May. 27th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
I thought Clark's numbers were too low this season. I read the rationalizations for it from other fans, but nothing really felt justified to me. Its was too low. End of story!

And yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if Lois' numbers don't go up.
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May. 28th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
I really don't see how next season won't be a Lois and Clark show. I just hope its a bit more "Lois and CLARK", ya know? But really, with a reduced cast, and no more AM as a regular, I just can't see Lois getting less screentime in S10.

I like Lois too, and I think its well past time for her to be in more eps, and I think she needed more focus. I just think it got a little out of hand in the beginning of this season. I hope next season, they'll be more relaxed about it.
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May. 28th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Well, I have to restrain myself, because there are about a dozen other comparison stats that jump into my head, but then I think its too many numbers.

Clark's ST in S6 was a travesty. It really was. I had heard rumors that Tom and AlMiles were not in a good place in S6, and I wonder if there's a connection. The tonguebath they gave Oliver when he showed up for those 7 didn't help matters. S6 was also the most screentime Lana has ever had.

I'm not a personal fan of anyone having 22 eps but Clark. I didn't used to feel that way, but now that I've seen how they're able to do eps without other characters, I sort of like the idea that not every character needs to be shoehorned into every ep. So, I'm good with Lois having 18 eps, and I wouldn't give anyone else more then that either. Chloe wasn't needed in 22 this year.

Jason had 20 eps, actually. But the thing with Jason is that he never really had an episode that focused on him, like Zod and Davis did.

I agree that Zod > Davis who is > Jason. But for my money, Prof Fine/Brainiac Powns them all. :D
May. 30th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Wow that's amazing Clark was only in the season finale for 10 minutes. I didn't really notice though, I noticed more in Absolute Justice and was like, where's Clark? Enjoyed Absolute Justice though and most of s9.

May. 30th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
The finale? No, the finale was Salvation, and he was actually in that quite a bit. Over 20m, actually. Sacrifice was the one where Chloe and Tess were trapped together.
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May. 30th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about S1 now - whether Clark' ST is even possibly higher than S2'?

You are awesome for continuing to do these, you know that? ::hugs::
May. 30th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
I really think S1 would top S2 for Clark screentime. I swear, some day I'll get around to it.

And thanks! ::hugs back::
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Jun. 1st, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Great service, Valerie! Thanks. I can help you out with the TW screntimes for S1 (give and take some seconds), which should be identical to the Clark times anyway. Note that S1 had only 21 episodes.

Pilot: 33:36 (note: 48 or 50 min episode)

Metamorphosis: 25:56

Hothead: 22:08

XRay: 19:22

Cool: 18:03

Hourglass: 25:25

Craving: 19:53

Jitters: 19:57

Rogue: 28:55

Shimmer: 29:00

Hug: 28:00

Leech: 26:55

Kinetic: 22:27

Zero: 21:18

Nicodemus: 23:06

Stray: 22:57

Reaper: 20:45

Drone: 25:35

Crush: 18:35

Obscura: 24:10

Tempest: 20:00

Feel free to do the totals. :))
Jun. 1st, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
OMG, thanks. Thats awesome. And look at those freaking numbers!! They must've been working Tom like a dog. But thats going to lead to some very big totals.

In fact:

Clark's S1 Total: 496m, 3s
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Jun. 2nd, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the numbers! You've done an awesome job, Val!

Now I understand why I never wanted to re-watch season 6 and only very little of season 7. A show that neglects its main character holds not appeal to me. And secondary characters getting season highs that exceeded Clark's? A huge mistake, to me.

I hope season 10 is not a total let down.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks Carol.

Truth be told, I don't do much rewatching of SV these days. I used to...all the time. But now? Not so much. I have gone back and rewatched Salvation a few times, but thats it.

If I did go back and rewatch, I suspect everything post-S5 might be easier for me to skip.

I don't know what to expect from S10, and I don't want to get my hopes up too high.
Jun. 11th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Much like season 8 belonged to Chloe, season 9 definitely belonged to Lois. The 10th and final season has to belong to Clark or else we need to question the priorities of the writers and producers.
Jun. 12th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
I totally agree with you :)



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