In TicketNews’s event rankings for the week ending August 24, Madonna proves she’s still got the hot ticket. Tickets for two shows added to...

In TicketNews’s event rankings for the week ending August 24, Madonna proves she’s still got the hot ticket. Tickets for two shows added to her North American tour went on sale this past weekend, and the sales results were good enough to land her at the top of the concert chart with a 5.31 power score; the Jonas Brothers come in at number two with a 4.72 power score. Tickets to Neil Young shows in Canada also went on sale this past weekend, and he appears in the rankings at number seven, with a 2.84 power score, ahead of Jimmy Buffett (power score 2.23). Coldplay leapt up the concert chart this week: the British imports formerly held the number eight spot; this week they’re at number five, behind Celine Dion.

In the overall rankings, Madonna tied with Jersey Boys for the number four spot (power score 1.96), both behind frequent number-one Wicked (4.40) and number-two New York Yankees (3.08). The Dallas Cowboys gain some ground this week, moving up to number five from number three. The Eagles hold steady at number seven, and Celine Dion enters the top events rankings at number ten.

In the sports rankings, the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox play flip-flop: last week, the Cubs were ranked at number four and the Red Sox at number three; this week the Cubs, with a 3.29 power score, are number three and the Red Sox number four (2.52). College football tickets prove popular this week: appearing on the charts for the first time are the Texas Longhorns (number eight, power score 2.11), Ohio State Buckeyes (nine, 1.60), and USC Trojans (ten, 1.55).

From week to week, the theatre and Broadway rankings are usually consistent (Wicked, Jersey Boys, and South Pacific often rank somewhere in the top three) and that’s true for these rankings. But some new shows debut in the theatre rankings: Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco at number eight (1.35) and Dirty Dancing at number nine (1.19). In the Broadway rankings, Young Frankenstein and Gypsy reappear, at numbers nine and ten, respectively.

Amazing Johnathan debuts on the Top Vegas Events chart, at number nine, power score 1.11. David Copperfield, whose Vegas show sold strongly earlier in the summer, comes in at number eight with a 1.16 power score. Cher still has the top-selling Vegas show and highest power score, 53.33.

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 08/24/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets4.40
2New York Yankees Tickets3.08
3Dallas Cowboys Tickets2.31
4Jersey Boys Tickets1.96
5Madonna Tickets1.96
6Jonas Brothers Tickets1.79
7The Eagles Tickets1.66
8Chicago Cubs Tickets1.60
9South Pacific Tickets1.48
10Celine Dion Tickets1.40

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 08/24/2008

     EventScore
1Madonna Tickets5.31
2Jonas Brothers Tickets4.72
3The Eagles Tickets4.51
4Celine Dion Tickets3.81
5Coldplay Tickets2.96
6Cher Tickets2.86
7Neil Young Tickets2.84
8Jimmy Buffett Tickets2.23
9Kenny Chesney Tickets2.19
10So You Think You Can Dance? Tickets2.16

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 08/24/2008

     EventScore
1New York Yankees Tickets6.31
2Dallas Cowboys Tickets4.73
3Chicago Cubs Tickets3.29
4Boston Red Sox Tickets2.52
5New York Giants Tickets2.50
6Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets2.31
7Buffalo Bills Tickets2.19
8Texas Longhorns Tickets2.11
9Ohio State Buckeyes Tickets1.60
10USC Trojans Tickets1.55
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 08/24/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets34.65
2Jersey Boys Tickets15.38
3South Pacific Tickets11.53
4Lion King Tickets5.85
5Phantom of the Opera Tickets4.00
6Mamma Mia! Tickets3.07
7Little Mermaid Tickets2.30
8Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco Tickets1.35
9Dirty Dancing Tickets1.19
10Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets1.17

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 08/24/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets25.59
2South Pacific Tickets21.63
3Jersey Boys Tickets19.12
4Mamma Mia! Tickets4.58
5Lion King Tickets4.55
6Little Mermaid Tickets4.28
7Phantom of the Opera Tickets2.93
8Mary Poppins Tickets1.24
9Young Frankenstein Tickets1.24
10Gypsy Tickets1.12

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 08/24/2008

     EventScore
1Cher Tickets53.33
2Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On Tickets23.70
3Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets4.27
4Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets2.76
5Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets1.97
6Le Rêve Tickets1.90
7Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets1.86
8David Copperfield Tickets1.16
9Amazing Johnathan Tickets1.11
10Cirque du Soleil: KÀ Tickets1.07