TicketNews today released its exclusive events rankings for the week ending August 17, and the results show that sports events are still popular overall...

TicketNews today released its exclusive events rankings for the week ending August 17, and the results show that sports events are still popular overall amongst ticket buyers, with a few theatrical shows and concerts climbing the rankings. Cher, whose show has been a Vegas top-seller for weeks, sold enough tickets last week to make a number ten debut (power score 1.35) on the Top Combined Events chart. Wicked tickets, New York Yankees tickets, and Jonas Brothers tickets are still the most popular, but theatre shows like Jersey Boys and South Pacific are moving up in the top events rankings to numbers four and eight, respectively.

The Eagles still have a popular summer tour; they have the second bestselling concert with a 4.65 power score, behind the Jonas Brothers, who have a 7.10 power score. The Eagles have an edge on Cher (power score 3.43), as well as Madonna (power score 3.33). Celine Dion was ranked at number eight last week, but this week she’s number five, with a 3.32 power score. The Cheech & Chong reunion tour sold enough tickets for the number nine spot and a 2.11 power score; Kenny Chesney, who had a top-five ranked concert earlier in the summer, is back in the rankings this week at number ten, power score 2.01.

Baseball tickets have sold well all summer, especially tickets to Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs games. But football season is gearing up, and popular football teams are gaining ground on baseball’s favorites. The Dallas Cowboys rank at number two with a 4.07 power score, behind the Yankees’ 7.39 power score and ahead of the Red Sox and Cubs. Football teams close out the rankings; numbers five through ten belong to the Pittsburgh Steelers (power score 2.34), Seattle Seahawks (1.77), Green Bay Packers (1.68), New York Giants (1.49), Cleveland Browns (1.48), and Miami Dolphins (1.44).

In the Broadway rankings, Madama Butterfly debuts at number seven with a 1.59 power score, and Mary Poppins and In the Heights are back on the charts after a brief hiatus, at numbers nine and ten, respectively. Three shows are new to the Top Theater Events rankings this week: The Color Purple (number eight, power score 1.11); Elton John: The Red Piano (number nine, power score 1.09), and Cirque du Soleil: “O” (number ten, power score 1.06). Both shows also rank highly on the Top Vegas events chart; Elton John is number three there, and Cirque du Soleil: “O” is number four.

Other happenings in Vegas: Cher has a huge number-one lead with a 56.45 power score. Bette Midler trails behind; her power score is 18.28. Cirque du Soleil has become a Vegas staple: The Beatles: Love ranks at number five and ranks at number eight. Danny Gans debuts at number seven, power score 1.82.

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.

Top Combined Events

Week Ending 08/17/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets4.45
2New York Yankees Tickets3.94
3Jonas Brothers Tickets2.57
4Jersey Boys Tickets2.04
5Dallas Cowboys Tickets1.95
6Boston Red Sox Tickets1.89
7The Eagles Tickets1.69
8South Pacific Tickets1.61
9Chicago Cubs Tickets1.39
10Cher Tickets1.35

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 08/17/2008

     EventScore
1Jonas Brothers Tickets7.10
2The Eagles Tickets4.65
3Cher Tickets3.43
4Madonna Tickets3.33
5Celine Dion Tickets3.32
6So You Think You Can Dance? Tickets3.16
7Journey, Heart & Cheap Trick Tickets2.52
8Coldplay Tickets2.46
9Cheech & Chong Tickets2.11
10Kenny Chesney Tickets2.01

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 08/17/2008

     EventScore
1New York Yankees Tickets7.18
2Seattle Seahawks Tickets4.00
3Dallas Cowboys Tickets3.22
4Chicago Cubs Tickets3.17
5Boston Red Sox Tickets3.07
6New York Jets Tickets2.81
7Green Bay Packers Tickets1.88
8Miami Dolphins Tickets1.86
9Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets1.82
10San Diego Chargers Tickets1.58
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 08/17/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets34.53
2Jersey Boys Tickets16.51
3South Pacific Tickets12.75
4Lion King Tickets5.61
5Phantom of the Opera Tickets3.30
6Mamma Mia! Tickets2.17
7Little Mermaid Tickets2.11
8The Color Purple Tickets1.11
9Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets1.09
10Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets1.06

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 08/17/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets30.83
2South Pacific Tickets21.71
3Jersey Boys Tickets16.69
4Lion King Tickets5.37
5Little Mermaid Tickets3.59
6Mamma Mia! Tickets2.78
7Madama Butterfly Tickets1.59
8Phantom of the Opera Tickets1.58
9Mary Poppins Tickets1.24
10In the Heights Tickets1.22

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 08/17/2008

     EventScore
1Cher Tickets56.45
2Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On Tickets18.28
3Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets5.63
4Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets5.47
5Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets2.43
6Blue Man Group Tickets1.88
7Danny Gans Tickets1.82
8Cirque du Soleil: KÀ Tickets1.13
9Le Rêve Tickets1.13
10Jersey Boys Tickets0.94