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...

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).

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

1Philadelphia Phillies Tickets9.04
2AC/DC Tickets6.52
3Wicked Tickets5.25
4Tampa Bay Rays Tickets3.85
5Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets2.80
6The Eagles Tickets2.15
7Madonna Tickets2.00
8Dallas Cowboys Tickets1.89
9New York Giants Tickets1.89
10Jersey Boys Tickets1.66

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 10/19/2008

1AC/DC Tickets20.28
2The Eagles Tickets6.68
3Madonna Tickets6.23
4Phish Tickets4.53
5Tina Turner Tickets4.38
6Coldplay Tickets3.69
7Metallica Tickets3.17
8Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets2.95
9Céline Dion Tickets2.55
10Vicente Fernandez Tickets2.15

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 10/19/2008

1Philadelphia Phillies Tickets18.16
2Tampa Bay Rays Tickets7.74
3Dallas Cowboys Tickets3.80
4New York Giants Tickets3.79
5Chicago Bears Tickets2.69
6Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets2.25
7Washington Redskins Tickets2.23
8Green Bay Packers Tickets1.67
9Texas Longhorns Tickets1.66
10Carolina Panthers Tickets1.63

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 10/19/2008

1Wicked Tickets32.63
2Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets17.35
3Jersey Boys Tickets10.29
4South Pacific Tickets6.44
5Lion King Tickets4.05
6Mamma Mia! Tickets2.33
7Dirty Dancing Tickets2.24
8Phantom of the Opera Tickets1.93
9Little Mermaid Tickets1.78
10Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk Tickets1.68

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 10/19/2008

1Wicked Tickets24.85
2Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets23.46
3South Pacific Tickets10.53
4Jersey Boys Tickets9.47
5Lion King Tickets3.78
6Mamma Mia! Tickets3.62
7Little Mermaid Tickets2.96
8Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk Tickets2.80
9Billy Elliot Tickets1.41
10Mary Poppins Tickets1.27

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 10/19/2008

1Bette Midler Tickets44.15
2Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets17.74
3Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets6.14
4Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets5.60
5Criss Angel: Believe Tickets4.22
6Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets3.31
7Jersey Boys Tickets2.66
8Blue Man Group Tickets2.37
9Cirque du Soleil: Zumanity Tickets2.21
10Le Rêve Tickets1.93

Last Updated on October 21, 2008 by By Petrina Crockford