For the week of May 19 – May 25, 2008 Tina Turner, American Idols Live!, and Madonna were the top three events, according to TicketNews’s exclusive rankings. With a power score of 5.93, Tina Turner showed she was simply the best through another week as the Overall Top Event. American Idols Live! made it “through to the next round” with a power score of 5.53, and rose a position from last week to second place. Rounding out the top three was pop queen Madonna, whose power score of 5.17 rose her up from fifth place to third place this week.
Wicked fell to fourth place this week with a power score of 3.99. The Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins finished in fifth and sixth place this week, with power scores of 3.62 and 3.01, respectively. The New York Yankees fell three places to finish in seventh this week, and earned a 2.11 power score. Other top events included the Belmont Stakes in eighth place with a score of 1.66, the Boston Red Sox, down two positions to ninth place with a score of 1.64, and the Boston Celtics, which held steady in tenth place with a power score of 1.55.
As of today, May 27, The Detroit Red Wings lead the Pittsburgh Penguins two games to none in the Stanley Cup Final. However, in the Top Sports Events rankings, the Penguins topped the chart with a power score of 9.05, while the Red Wings came in second place with a score of 8.55. The Yankees fell from first to third place this week with a power score of 6.34, and the Belmont Stakes climbed a position to fourth place with a power score of 5.01.
In theater news, “Wicked” remained in first place on both the Top Theater Events and Top Broadway Events lists, with power scores of 35.70 and 35.87, respectively. Jersey Boys, South Pacific, and Lion King filled out the top of both lists, ranking from second to fourth place on both. Phantom of the Opera placed fifth on the Top Theater list with a power score of 4.88, and the Queen jukebox musical We Will Rock You placed sixth with a 3.28 score. Other Top Broadway Events this week included Little Mermaid in fifth place again this week with a score of 3.59, and Young Frankenstein, which rose two positions to sixth place with a 2.30 power score.
The top three Concert Events this week consisted of the same trio that led the Overall Top Events chart. Tina Turner placed first with a power score of 11.29, American Idols Live! came in second with a 10.53 score, and Madonna’s 9.85 power score was good enough for a third place finish. Neil Diamond came in fourth place with a power score of 2.83, and Kenny Chesney climbed up three places to finish in fifth with a score of 2.77.
Top Las Vegas Events this week included Cher in first place for another week straight, with a massive power score of 42.18. Bette Midler placed second with a 23.89 power score, and Elton John: The Red Piano came in third with a power score of 13.46. Cirque du Soleil – “O” remained in fourth place with a score of 4.87, and Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: LOVE remained in fifth with a 3.32 power score.
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.