With the first game of the World Series set for this Wednesday, it’s no surprise that the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays rank highly in TicketNews’s weekly top events rankings for the week ending October 19. The Phillies knocked AC/DC from the number one spot in the Top Combined Events rankings, a position AC/DC held for the last four weeks. The Phillies have a 9.04 power score while AC/DC has a 6.52 power score. The Rays rank number four overall with a power score 3.85. It’s only October but tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular are selling strong; the show is the number five best-selling event, ahead of the Eagles and Madonna, who are both on tour.

Though they’re not number one overall, AC/DC is still number one on the Top Concert Events rankings, and by a huge margin. Their 20.28 power score is well ahead of the 6.68 power score, of the number-two Eagles. Tickets for the Phish reunion tour went on sale Saturday and now the band has the fourth best-selling concert and a 4.53 power score. Coldplay and Metallica are still popular amongst concertgoers; they rank at numbers six and seven.

In sports, the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants trail behind the Phillies and Rays, at numbers three and four. Other NFL teams dominate the tail end of the rankings. Numbers five through eight belong to the Chicago Bears (2.69), the Pittsburgh Steelers (2.25), the Washington Redskins (2.23), and the Green Bay Packers (1.67). A college team, the Texas Longhorns, sneaks in at number nine, just ahead of the Carolina Panthers.

Wicked and the Radio City Spectacular are numbers one and two in both the theater and Broadway rankings. Jersey Boys is more popular than South Pacific off Broadway while on Broadway the opposite holds true. Other top-selling theater shows include Dirty Dancing (number seven, 2.24) and Phantom of the Opera (number eight, 1.93). On Broadway the popular shows include Little Mermaid (umber seven, 2.96) and Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk (number eight, 2.80).

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In the Vegas rankings, Bette Midler is still number one with a 44.15 power score, ahead of both Elton John (17.74) and Cirque du Soleil: “O” (6.14). Criss Angel’s show “Believe” jumps in the rankings to number five with a 4.22 power score and the Blue Man Group, who last appeared in the Vegas rankings in August, are back at number eight, power score 2.37.

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 10/19/2008

      Event Score
1 Philadelphia Phillies Tickets 9.04
2 AC/DC Tickets 6.52
3 Wicked Tickets 5.25
4 Tampa Bay Rays Tickets 3.85
5 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 2.80
6 The Eagles Tickets 2.15
7 Madonna Tickets 2.00
8 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 1.89
9 New York Giants Tickets 1.89
10 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.66

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 10/19/2008

      Event Score
1 AC/DC Tickets 20.28
2 The Eagles Tickets 6.68
3 Madonna Tickets 6.23
4 Phish Tickets 4.53
5 Tina Turner Tickets 4.38
6 Coldplay Tickets 3.69
7 Metallica Tickets 3.17
8 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets 2.95
9 Céline Dion Tickets 2.55
10 Vicente Fernandez Tickets 2.15

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 10/19/2008

      Event Score
1 Philadelphia Phillies Tickets 18.16
2 Tampa Bay Rays Tickets 7.74
3 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 3.80
4 New York Giants Tickets 3.79
5 Chicago Bears Tickets 2.69
6 Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets 2.25
7 Washington Redskins Tickets 2.23
8 Green Bay Packers Tickets 1.67
9 Texas Longhorns Tickets 1.66
10 Carolina Panthers Tickets 1.63

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 10/19/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 32.63
2 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 17.35
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 10.29
4 South Pacific Tickets 6.44
5 Lion King Tickets 4.05
6 Mamma Mia! Tickets 2.33
7 Dirty Dancing Tickets 2.24
8 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 1.93
9 Little Mermaid Tickets 1.78
10 Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk Tickets 1.68

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 10/19/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 24.85
2 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 23.46
3 South Pacific Tickets 10.53
4 Jersey Boys Tickets 9.47
5 Lion King Tickets 3.78
6 Mamma Mia! Tickets 3.62
7 Little Mermaid Tickets 2.96
8 Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk Tickets 2.80
9 Billy Elliot Tickets 1.41
10 Mary Poppins Tickets 1.27

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 10/19/2008

      Event Score
1 Bette Midler Tickets 44.15
2 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 17.74
3 Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets 6.14
4 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 5.60
5 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets 4.22
6 Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets 3.31
7 Jersey Boys Tickets 2.66
8 Blue Man Group Tickets 2.37
9 Cirque du Soleil: Zumanity Tickets 2.21
10 Le Rêve Tickets 1.93