Summer is over and schools are back in session, summer concerts are closing, and baseball season is coming to an end. But with the...

Summer is over and schools are back in session, summer concerts are closing, and baseball season is coming to an end. But with the new football season and a series of fall tours opening in the coming months, the end of summer does not signal the end of fun – and it seems ticket buyers would agree. TicketNews’s weekly top events rankings for the week ending September 7 show that tickets to fall concerts and sports events are selling strong.

Overall, baseball has slipped in the rankings as the post-season draws closer. For most of the summer New York Yankees tickets were hot amongst ticket buyers, but this week the team dropped from the top ten. It seems the Dallas Cowboys might take the title of most popular sports ticket, as they rank number two overall, behind Wicked, with a 3.29 power score. Other sports teams ranking highly overall include the Texas Longhorns (number six, 1.67), the New York Giants (number eight, 1.44) and the Miami Dolphins (number nine, 1.43). Other non-sports events that are strong sellers last week were Madonna, who ranks at number three with a 2.20 power score, and Jersey Boys, who follow Madonna with a 1.92 power score.

Tina Turner, whose North American tour kicks off next month, appears for the first time in both the Top Combined Events rankings (number seven, 1.54) and in the Top Concerts rankings (number two, 5.08). As fall tours gear up, fans helped propel Metallica who ranked at four (power score 4.49), Bette Midler at number eight (2.33), Michael Bublé at number nine (2.13) and Luis Miguel at number ten (2.07) onto the Top Concert Rankings. The Eagles are still favorites amongst concertgoers; they rank at number three and have a 4.70 power score.

Football dominates the Top Sports Events rankings with the Cowboys, Longhorns, and Giants taking one, two, and three, respectively. Other football teams rounding out the sports rankings were the Pittsburgh Steelers at number five (2.25) followed by the New England Patriots (2.13). Rounding out the top ten were the Buffalo Bills (1.90), Green Bay Packers (1.72), and Philadelphia Eagles (1.70).

New shows enter the theatre and Broadway rankings. Though it’s only September, fans are already buying tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which ranks at number four in both the theatre and Broadway rankings. In the theatre rankings, Cirque du Soleil: Kooza enters at number nine, behind The Color Purple and ahead of the Little Mermaid. Two new Broadway shows enter the Broadway rankings with Billy Elliot coming in at number eight and Equus at number nine.

Cher reigns supreme in Vegas, ahead of Bette Midler, with a 47.26 power score. Elton John: The Red Piano climbs the chart to number four this week, with a 5.54 power score. Barry Manilow reappears in the rankings, at number nine, power score 0.92. Cirque du Soleil shows are still among Vegas favorites with Cirque du Soleil: “O” ranking at number three, The Beatles: LOVE at number five, and at number six.

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 09/07/2008

1Wicked Tickets4.14
2Dallas Cowboys Tickets3.29
3Madonna Tickets2.20
4Jersey Boys Tickets1.92
5South Pacific Tickets1.71
6Texas Longhorns Tickets1.67
7Tina Turner Tickets1.54
8New York Giants Tickets1.44
9Miami Dolphins Tickets1.43
10The Eagles Tickets1.42

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 09/07/2008

1Madonna Tickets7.26
2Tina Turner Tickets5.08
3The Eagles Tickets4.70
4Metallica Tickets4.69
5Cher Tickets4.01
6Céline Dion Tickets3.73
7Coldplay Tickets3.64
8Bette Midler Tickets2.33
9Michael Bublé Tickets2.13
10Luis Miguel Tickets2.07

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 09/07/2008

1Dallas Cowboys Tickets6.43
2Texas Longhorns Tickets3.26
3New York Giants Tickets2.81
4New York Yankees Tickets2.64
5Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets2.25
6New England Patriots Tickets2.13
7Boston Red Sox Tickets1.94
8Buffalo Bills Tickets1.90
9Green Bay Packers Tickets1.72
10Philadelphia Eagles Tickets1.70

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 09/07/2008

1Wicked Tickets29.78
2Jersey Boys Tickets14.05
3South Pacific Tickets12.59
4Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets5.85
5Lion King Tickets4.08
6Phantom of the Opera Tickets3.20
7Mamma Mia! Tickets2.81
8The Color Purple Tickets1.90
9Cirque du Soleil: Kooza Tickets1.49
10Little Mermaid Tickets1.32

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 09/07/2008

1Wicked Tickets23.62
2South Pacific Tickets22.30
3Jersey Boys Tickets17.11
4Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets7.90
5Lion King Tickets4.27
6Mamma Mia! Tickets3.49
7Little Mermaid Tickets2.34
8Billy Elliot Tickets2.00
9Equus Tickets1.69
10In The Heights Tickets1.14

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 09/07/2008

1Cher Tickets47.26
2Bette Midler Tickets27.79
3Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets5.83
4Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets5.54
5Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets2.82
6Cirque du Soleil: KÀ Tickets2.01
7Criss Angel: Believe Tickets1.83
8Donny and Marie Osmond Tickets1.45
9Barry Manilow Tickets0.92
10Danny Gans Tickets0.77

Last Updated on September 8, 2008 by By Petrina Crockford