For the second week in a row, tickets to see rock legends AC/DC were far and away the most popular event in TicketNews’s top event rankings. The Black Ice World Tour will take the band on an 18-month adventure, beginning with a 23-city North American tour set to begin October 28.

The runner-up to AC/DC’s power score of 8.68 was the ever consistent Wicked, which finished with a power score of 5.35, for the week ending September 28. The Dallas Cowboys jumped up two spots from last week’s number five position, up to number three. They took the place of Metallica, which once again fell in the rankings to number six, only two weeks removed from being number one. Four of last week’s top ten dropped out of this week’s with the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Yankees all falling out of the top twenty.

With AC/DC dominating all events this past week, it was the race for number two among top concerts that was a lot closer. Madonna was able to take it with a power score of 6.08, barely edging out Metallica. The Eagles saw a resurgence this past week in the rankings moving from number seven to number four, improving their power score by more than double going from 2.29 to 5.02. The only newcomer to the top ten concerts this week was New Kids on the Block, which came in at number ten.

With the baseball regular season coming to a close and the playoffs yet to start, football was able to continue it’s domination of the top sports events rankings. The Dallas Cowboys, Texas Longhorns and New York Giants occupied the top three spots. The three non-football sports events that appeared in the rankings were the Chicago Cubs, who will enter the post-season as one of the hottest tickets; the New York Mets, who will drop out of the rankings after not qualifying for the playoffs; and Oscar De La Hoya, whose bout with Manny Pacquiao is set for December 6.

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Very little has changed in the top theater events for the week with the top five positions remaining unchanged. It was once again “Wicked” followed by Jersey Boys then South Pacific, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Lion King. The new shows that appeared in the top ten were the Little Mermaid (number eight) and Dirty Dancing (number nine).

The same shows that were the most popular among theatergoers everywhere were the most popular on Broadway as well. “Wicked,” “South Pacific” and “Jersey Boys” remained as the top three shows. Even the remainder of the top ten was the same as last week, with the “Little Mermaid” making the biggest move going from number nine to number six.

For the past several weeks Bette Midler has been slowly gaining on Cher as the top event in Las Vegas. This week she finally was able to take to top position, by a large margin, with Midler finishing with a power score of 33.53 compared to Cher’s 17.44. Criss Angel: Believe saw the biggest boost in popularity moving up to number three and was the top selling Cirque du Soleil show of the week. The Vegas productions of “Jersey Boys” and Mamma Mia! rounded out the top ten.

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 09/28/2008

      Event Score
1 AC/DC Tickets 8.68
2 Wicked Tickets 5.35
3 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 4.42
4 Jersey Boys Tickets 2.20
5 Madonna Tickets 2.16
6 Metallica Tickets 2.06
7 Texas Longhorns Tickets 1.79
8 The Eagles Tickets 1.78
9 New York Giants Tickets 1.50
10 Chicago Bears Tickets 1.31

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 09/28/2008

      Event Score
1 AC/DC Tickets 24.43
2 Madonna Tickets 6.08
3 Metallica Tickets 5.80
4 The Eagles Tickets 5.02
5 Tina Turner Tickets 3.16
6 Céline Dion Tickets 2.99
7 Robin Williams Tickets 2.62
8 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets 2.46
9 Coldplay Tickets 2.12
10 New Kids on the Block Tickets 1.78

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 09/28/2008

      Event Score
1 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 9.78
2 Texas Longhorns Tickets 3.97
3 New York Giants Tickets 3.32
4 Chicago Bears Tickets 2.89
5 Chicago Cubs Tickets 2.43
6 New York Mets Tickets 2.26
7 Oscar De La Hoya Tickets 2.24
8 Georgia Bulldogs Tickets 2.11
9 Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets 2.07
10 Philadelphia Eagles Tickets 1.78

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 09/28/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 34.35
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 14.39
3 South Pacific Tickets 7.73
4 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 7.62
5 Lion King Tickets 4.06
6 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 3.68
7 Mamma Mia! Tickets 2.91
8 Little Mermaid Tickets 1.99
9 Dirty Dancing Tickets 1.64
10 The Color Purple Tickets 1.55

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 09/28/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 32.48
2 South Pacific Tickets 14.13
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 12.62
4 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 10.81
5 Mamma Mia! Tickets 4.24
6 Little Mermaid Tickets 3.69
7 Lion King Tickets 3.55
8 Billy Elliot Tickets 1.85
9 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 1.54
10 Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk Tickets 1.47

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 09/28/2008

      Event Score
1 Bette Midler Tickets 33.53
2 Cher Tickets 17.44
3 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets 11.50
4 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 8.40
5 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 7.85
6 Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets 5.82
7 Le Rêve Tickets 2.27
8 Cirque du Soleil: Zumanity Tickets 1.50
9 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.23
10 Mamma Mia! Tickets 1.16