For the third week in a row, Radio City Music Hall maintains its lead on all competitors, according to TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, November 16. Despite October’s sagging ticket sales for its Christmas Spectacular, sales have picked up in recent weeks, allowing the venue to still hold tight to the top slot in the rankings this week, coming in with a respectable power score of 5.29.

The Gershwin Theatre once again follows Radio City in the rankings, repeating last week’s number two finish. Broadway’s home to the wildly popular musical Wicked power scores a 3.59 this week. For the second week, Madison Square Garden (MSG) follows the Gershwin in the number three position. With a power score of 3.42, MSG is enjoying strong sales for New York Knicks basketball, Cirque Du Soleil’s “Wintuk”, and the long-awaited Tina Turner tour, currently on its North American leg.

The Georgia Dome improves its showing in the rankings this week, bumping up two to the number four slot. The Dome, host to college football’s SEC Championship Game in December between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida Gators, power scores a 2.21 this week. The second of two football venues in our rankings, Giants Stadium drops down one to number five this week. The home field to two of the most popular teams in the NFL, the New York Jets and New York Giants, has a power score of 1.99.

TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA again follows closely behind Giants Stadium in the rankings, also dropping one to number six this week. Ticket sales for top acts such as Metallica and Tina Turner are keeping this venue solidly in the top ten. The Garden comes in with a power score of 1.81.

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The Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center makes a big move this week, up three to the number seven position. The theater that is home to a popular revival of South Pacific power scores a 1.51 this week.

Making a return to the top ten is the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The MGM is benefiting from strong ticket sales for holiday favorites the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and for tween favorites the Jonas Brothers, as they wrap up their 2008 tour. The MGM has a power score of 1.49.

Holding for three weeks at number nine and power scoring a 1.49 this week is the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The Center can thank brisk ticket sales for Los Angeles Lakers basketball, the new tour of Dancing with the Stars, and for an upcoming performance by Celine Dion for its continued top ten showing.

Finally, this week sees a return to the top ten for the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA. In at number ten and power scoring a 1.47, the Center will have several top-selling artists performing this season, including Metallica, Madonna, AC/DC, the Eagles, and the “Dancing with the Stars” tour.

TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales for venues from the TicketNetwork Exchange™, the world’s largest secondary market exchange. A Power Score illustrates a given venue’s category-specific significance. Two factors are used to calculate a power score: total ticket sales for a venue, and total ticket sales within the category. As such, power scores should only be used to compare venues within a particular category.

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Top Venues

Week Ending 11/16/2008
      Venue Score
1 Radio City Music Hall Tickets 5.29
2 Gershwin Theatre Tickets 3.59
3 Madison Square Garden Tickets 3.42
4 Georgia Dome Tickets 2.21
5 Giants Stadium Tickets 1.99
6 TD Banknorth Garden Tickets 1.81
7 Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center Tickets 1.51
8 MGM Grand Garden Arena Tickets 1.49
9 Staples Center Tickets 1.49
10 Wachovia Center Tickets 1.47
11 Toyota Center Tickets 1.41
12 Virginia/August Wilson Theatre Tickets 1.39
13 Pantages Theatre Tickets 1.30
14 Dolphin Stadium Tickets 1.23
15 American Airlines Center Tickets 1.20
16 Verizon Center, D.C. Tickets 1.14
17 Texas Stadium Tickets 1.11
18 Imperial Theatre Tickets 1.11
19 WaMu Theater Tickets 1.08
20 Orpheum Theatre Tickets 0.98