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

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 4.14
2 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 3.29
3 Madonna Tickets 2.20
4 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.92
5 South Pacific Tickets 1.71
6 Texas Longhorns Tickets 1.67
7 Tina Turner Tickets 1.54
8 New York Giants Tickets 1.44
9 Miami Dolphins Tickets 1.43
10 The Eagles Tickets 1.42

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 09/07/2008

      Event Score
1 Madonna Tickets 7.26
2 Tina Turner Tickets 5.08
3 The Eagles Tickets 4.70
4 Metallica Tickets 4.69
5 Cher Tickets 4.01
6 Céline Dion Tickets 3.73
7 Coldplay Tickets 3.64
8 Bette Midler Tickets 2.33
9 Michael Bublé Tickets 2.13
10 Luis Miguel Tickets 2.07

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 09/07/2008

      Event Score
1 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 6.43
2 Texas Longhorns Tickets 3.26
3 New York Giants Tickets 2.81
4 New York Yankees Tickets 2.64
5 Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets 2.25
6 New England Patriots Tickets 2.13
7 Boston Red Sox Tickets 1.94
8 Buffalo Bills Tickets 1.90
9 Green Bay Packers Tickets 1.72
10 Philadelphia Eagles Tickets 1.70

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 09/07/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 29.78
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 14.05
3 South Pacific Tickets 12.59
4 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 5.85
5 Lion King Tickets 4.08
6 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 3.20
7 Mamma Mia! Tickets 2.81
8 The Color Purple Tickets 1.90
9 Cirque du Soleil: Kooza Tickets 1.49
10 Little Mermaid Tickets 1.32

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 09/07/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 23.62
2 South Pacific Tickets 22.30
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 17.11
4 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 7.90
5 Lion King Tickets 4.27
6 Mamma Mia! Tickets 3.49
7 Little Mermaid Tickets 2.34
8 Billy Elliot Tickets 2.00
9 Equus Tickets 1.69
10 In The Heights Tickets 1.14

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 09/07/2008

      Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 47.26
2 Bette Midler Tickets 27.79
3 Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets 5.83
4 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 5.54
5 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 2.82
6 Cirque du Soleil: KÀ Tickets 2.01
7 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets 1.83
8 Donny and Marie Osmond Tickets 1.45
9 Barry Manilow Tickets 0.92
10 Danny Gans Tickets 0.77