The popularity of the annual American Idols Live! tour helped push the Idols onto TicketNews’s exclusive rankings charts for the week of May 12...

The popularity of the annual American Idols Live! tour helped push the Idols onto TicketNews’s exclusive rankings charts for the week of May 12 – May 18, 2008. American Idols Live! debuted at third place on the Overall Top Events chart with a power score of 3.76.

Tina Turner also had a strong week, and the powerful diva clinched the top position with a score of 7.27. Wicked remained in second place with a power score of 5.09 and the New York Yankees retained the fourth position with a power score of 2.99. Madonna leapt from tenth to fifth place this week with a score of 2.96 and Neil Diamond fell five positions out of first place to end in sixth place this week with a 2.45 power score.

On the sportier side of things, the New York Yankees remained the Top Sports Event and continued their five-week run in first place with a power score of 9.65. The Boston Red Sox followed behind the Yankees for another week in second place with a power score of 7.40, and the Chicago Cubs continued their four-week run in third place with a score of 4.98. Other sports notables this week included the Boston Celtics, who climbed two positions to fourth place this week. The Celtics topped the Cleveland Cavaliers by just 5 points in Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday, May 18 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons. The series begins tomorrow, May 20.

The Top Theater Events and Top Broadway Events included a familiar cast of favorite productions this week. “Wicked” topped both charts for another straight week, with power scores of 40.34 and 38.04, respectively. Jersey Boys ranked second on both lists with scores of 15.54 and 14.21, South Pacific sailed on in third place with 6.43 and 10.71, and Lion King continued its reign in fourth with 5.02 and 5.24 power scores. Little Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular also appeared on both charts.

Tina Turner turned it on in the Top Concert Events rankings, as she claimed the top position with a power score of 13.00. American Idols Live! Earned a second place finish with a power score of 6.72, and Madonna climbed three positions to third place with a 5.30 power score. Neil Diamond fell from first to fourth place this week with a score of 4.38, and The Eagles slid back one position to fifth place with a 3.25 power score. The New Kids on the Block and Metallica also made their debuts on this week’s top concert events chart in sixth and tenth place, respectively.

There was a familiar lineup of Top Las Vegas Events this week as well, with some consistently popular events heading up the charts. Cher remained in first place with a power score of 47.63, followed by Bette Midler in second with a score of 21.63. Elton John: The Red Piano continued its run of third place with a power score of 9.63, and two Cirque shows: “O” and LOVE followed in fourth and fifth place, with power scores of 6.79 and 4.21. Other top Vegas events included Le Reve, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, and Blue Man Group.

TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales from the TicketNetwork Exchange™, the world’s largest secondary market exchange. A Power Score illustrates a given event’s category-specific significance. Two factors are used to calculate a power score: total ticket sales from the given event and total ticket sales within the category. As such, power scores should only be used to compare events within a particular category.

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Top Combined Events

Week Ending 05/18/2008

1Tina Turner Tickets7.27
2Wicked Tickets5.09
3American Idols Live! Tickets3.76
4New York Yankees Tickets2.99
5Madonna Tickets2.96
6Neil Diamond Tickets2.45
7Boston Red Sox Tickets2.20
8Jersey Boys Tickets1.94
9The Eagles Tickets1.82
10Boston Celtics Tickets1.63

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 05/18/2008

1Tina Turner Tickets13.00
2American Idols Live! Tickets6.72
3Madonna Tickets5.30
4Neil Diamond Tickets4.38
5The Eagles Tickets3.25
6New Kids on the Block Tickets2.18
7Cher Tickets2.06
8Kenny Chesney Tickets1.99
9Kanye West Tickets1.54
10Metallica Tickets1.49

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 05/18/2008

1New York Yankees Tickets9.65
2Boston Red Sox Tickets7.40
3Chicago Cubs Tickets4.98
4Boston Celtics Tickets3.66
5Belmont Stakes Tickets2.47
6Mexico National Soccer Team Tickets2.25
7WWE Tickets2.19
8Indianapolis 500 Tickets2.01
9Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets2.01
10New Orleans Hornets Tickets1.64

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 05/18/2008

1Wicked Tickets40.34
2Jersey Boys Tickets15.54
3South Pacific Tickets6.43
4Lion King Tickets5.02
5Phantom of the Opera Tickets3.56
6Little Mermaid Tickets2.08
7Mamma Mia! Tickets1.72
8Mary Poppins Tickets1.60
9Young Frankenstein Tickets1.52
10Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets1.27

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 05/18/2008

1Wicked Tickets38.04
2Jersey Boys Tickets14.21
3South Pacific Tickets10.71
4Lion King Tickets5.24
5Little Mermaid Tickets3.46
6Phantom of the Opera Tickets3.40
7Mary Poppins Tickets2.75
8Young Frankenstein Tickets2.53
9Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets2.12
10Mamma Mia Tickets2.07

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 05/18/2008

1Cher Tickets47.63
2Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On Tickets21.63
3Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets9.63
4Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets6.79
5Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets4.21
6Le Reve Tickets1.93
7Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular Tickets1.73
8Blue Man Group Tickets1.01
9Robin Williams Tickets0.88
10Chippendales Tickets0.62

Last Updated on May 20, 2008 by By Sarah Pyzynski