TicketNews today released its weekly events rankings for the week ending August 31, with ticket buyers being most interested in sports and theater tickets,...

TicketNews today released its weekly events rankings for the week ending August 31, with ticket buyers being most interested in sports and theater tickets, as evidenced by Wicked holding the number one spot on the Top Combined Events chart with a 4.11 power score. The musical was followed by the New York Yankees with a power score of 2.86, and the Dallas Cowboys with a 2.43 power score. Other theater and sports events rounding out the overall rankings include Jersey Boys at number five (power score 1.86), South Pacific at number eight (1.40), and the Chicago Cubs (1.69) and Boston Red Sox (1.62) at numbers six and seven.

The Jonas Brothers, who have sold massive amounts of tickets this summer and have dominated the rankings for weeks, slipped on the Top Combined Events chart from number six to this week’s number nine position. They fare better in the Top Concerts rankings, at number three with a 4.06 power score, behind number one Madonna (7.78) and number two Celine Dion (4.12). Tickets for the Cheetah Girls’ fall tour went on sale August 23, and sales propelled the tween superstars to number seven (2.61) in the concert rankings. Jimmy Buffett also fared well this week coming in at number nine, with a 2.49 power score.

In sports, football dominated the rankings, with major college teams making a strong showing, namely, the Texas Longhorns (number five, 2.04), the Georgia Bulldogs (number eight, 1.91) and the Ohio State Buckeyes (number nine, 1.82). NFL teams found themselves in the top ten as well with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants faring well amongst ticket buyers. This week they rank at numbers five and seven, respectively.

Monty Python’s Spamalot reappears in this week’s theater rankings, at number nine, with a 1.63 power score. New to the theater rankings this week is the revival of Mozart’s comic opera La Nozze Di Figaro, which is ranked at number ten with a 1.32 power score. On Broadway, Legally Blonde found its way back into the rankings, at number eight. The top three selling Broadway shows (Wicked, South Pacific, and Jersey Boys) are selling stronger than the competition with power scores of more than 20. Mamma Mia! ranked at number four with a 4.60 power score, and Lion King was number five with a 3.76 power score.

In the Vegas rankings, Cher has a solid number-one lead with a 50.66 power score well ahead of Bette Midler and her 24.58 power score. Cirque du Soleil’s production of edgy magician Criss Angel’s new show at the Luxor, called Criss Angel: Believe enters the rankings at number five, with a 2.39 power score. Cirque du Soleil has two other shows in the rankings: Cirque du Soleil: “O” (number three, 4.19) and Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE (number four, 4.09).

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 08/31/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets4.11
2New York Yankees Tickets2.86
3Dallas Cowboys Tickets2.43
4Madonna Tickets2.38
5Jersey Boys Tickets1.86
6Chicago Cubs Tickets1.69
7Boston Red Sox Tickets1.62
8South Pacific Tickets1.40
9Jonas Brothers Tickets1.34
10Celine Dion Tickets1.31

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 08/31/2008

     EventScore
1Madonna Tickets7.78
2Celine Dion Tickets4.12
3Jonas Brothers Tickets4.06
4Coldplay Tickets3.39
5The Eagles Tickets3.29
6Cher Tickets3.26
7The Cheetah Girls Tickets2.61
8Rascal Flatts Tickets2.58
9Jimmy Buffett Tickets2.49
10Neil Young Tickets2.09

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 08/31/2008

     EventScore
1New York Yankees Tickets4.69
2Dallas Cowboys Tickets4.43
3Chicago Cubs Tickets2.60
4Boston Red Sox Tickets2.54
5Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets2.20
6Texas Longhorns Tickets2.04
7New York Giants Tickets1.97
8Georgia Bulldogs Tickets1.91
9Ohio State Buckeyes Tickets1.82
10Buffalo Bills Tickets1.56
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 08/31/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets34.41
2Jersey Boys Tickets15.73
3South Pacific Tickets12.04
4Lion King Tickets4.54
5Phantom of the Opera Tickets3.41
6Mamma Mia! Tickets3.09
7Little Mermaid Tickets2.01
8Dirty Dancing Tickets1.66
9Monty Python’s Spamalot Tickets1.63
10Le Nozze Di Figaro Tickets1.32

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 08/31/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets29.52
2South Pacific Tickets21.89
3Jersey Boys Tickets20.89
4Mamma Mia! Tickets4.60
5Lion King Tickets3.76
6Little Mermaid Tickets3.65
7Phantom of the Opera Tickets1.39
8Legally Blonde Tickets1.19
9Monty Python’s Spamalot Tickets1.10
10Young Frankenstein Tickets1.01

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 08/31/2008

     EventScore
1Cher Tickets50.66
2Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On Tickets24.58
3Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets4.19
4Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets4.09
5Criss Angel: Believe Tickets2.39
6Danny Gans Tickets2.25
7Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets2.17
8Le Rêve Tickets1.50
9Jersey Boys Tickets1.47
10Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets1.17