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.

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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

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 4.11
2 New York Yankees Tickets 2.86
3 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 2.43
4 Madonna Tickets 2.38
5 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.86
6 Chicago Cubs Tickets 1.69
7 Boston Red Sox Tickets 1.62
8 South Pacific Tickets 1.40
9 Jonas Brothers Tickets 1.34
10 Celine Dion Tickets 1.31

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 08/31/2008

      Event Score
1 Madonna Tickets 7.78
2 Celine Dion Tickets 4.12
3 Jonas Brothers Tickets 4.06
4 Coldplay Tickets 3.39
5 The Eagles Tickets 3.29
6 Cher Tickets 3.26
7 The Cheetah Girls Tickets 2.61
8 Rascal Flatts Tickets 2.58
9 Jimmy Buffett Tickets 2.49
10 Neil Young Tickets 2.09

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 08/31/2008

      Event Score
1 New York Yankees Tickets 4.69
2 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 4.43
3 Chicago Cubs Tickets 2.60
4 Boston Red Sox Tickets 2.54
5 Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets 2.20
6 Texas Longhorns Tickets 2.04
7 New York Giants Tickets 1.97
8 Georgia Bulldogs Tickets 1.91
9 Ohio State Buckeyes Tickets 1.82
10 Buffalo Bills Tickets 1.56

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 08/31/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 34.41
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 15.73
3 South Pacific Tickets 12.04
4 Lion King Tickets 4.54
5 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 3.41
6 Mamma Mia! Tickets 3.09
7 Little Mermaid Tickets 2.01
8 Dirty Dancing Tickets 1.66
9 Monty Python’s Spamalot Tickets 1.63
10 Le Nozze Di Figaro Tickets 1.32

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 08/31/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 29.52
2 South Pacific Tickets 21.89
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 20.89
4 Mamma Mia! Tickets 4.60
5 Lion King Tickets 3.76
6 Little Mermaid Tickets 3.65
7 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 1.39
8 Legally Blonde Tickets 1.19
9 Monty Python’s Spamalot Tickets 1.10
10 Young Frankenstein Tickets 1.01

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 08/31/2008

      Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 50.66
2 Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On Tickets 24.58
3 Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets 4.19
4 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 4.09
5 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets 2.39
6 Danny Gans Tickets 2.25
7 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 2.17
8 Le Rêve Tickets 1.50
9 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.47
10 Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets 1.17