TicketNews this morning released its exclusive Weekly Top Events rankings for the week ending December 14, and the title of top overall event no longer belongs to Britney Spears but to Wicked (power score 7.55). Spears ranks at number three, power score 4.07, ahead of Elton John & Billy Joel, who leaped from their number twelve position in last week’s rankings to number four (3.25). The Eagles also made a big jump in the Top Combined Events rankings, from number nineteen to number seven, power score 2.07. AC/DC slipped from number five to number ten; they have a new power score of 1.48.
The BCS National Championship Game ranks number two overall and number one in the Top Sport Events rankings with a 11.45 power score. That’s a huge lead over number-two Cotton Bowl, whose power score is 4.00. The Dallas Cowboys reclaim a top spot in the rankings: they’re in at number three, power score 3.45. Tickets sales for the Sugar Bowl propelled that event to number four (2.97), ahead of basketball teams Boston Celtics (number five, 2.91) and Los Angeles Lakers (number six, 2.76). Events and teams new to the sports rankings round out the top ten: the Meineke Car Care Bowl (number seven, 2.32); Carolina Panthers (number eight, 2.25); Boston Bruins (number nine, 1.82); and the Capital One Bowl (number ten, 1.53).
Though Spears slipped in the overall rankings, she still holds on to number one in the Top Concert Events rankings with an 11.95 power score. Elton John & Billy Joel bump the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to number three (8.42). Nickelback ranks behind the Eagles, at number five, power score 5.08. Fleetwood Mac breaks into the concert top ten at number eight (3.79). New this week in the top concert rankings are Il Divo (number nine, 2.37) and Kenny Chesney (number ten, 2.30).
Wicked is still the top show in the Broadway and Theatre rankings. In the theatre top ten, Jersey Boys (number two, 9.93) has an edge over Lion King (number three, 5.79). Phantom of the Opera tickets are still selling strong; the show ranks at number five, power score 4.69. The Nutcracker is in at number seven with a 3.99 power score.
In the Broadway rankings Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk is in at number three (11.22), behind Wicked and Jersey Boys. South Pacific ranks at number four (9.95), ahead of Billy Elliot (8.30). Mamma Mia! reappears in the Broadway top ten at number eight, power score 2.76. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is number nine (2.40) and Shrek comes back into the rankings after a hiatus, at number ten, power score 2.19.
Bette Midler still has the top Vegas event with a 49.74 power score. Cher is number two (19.67) and Elton John: The Red Piano is number three (6.57). Cirque du Soleil shows occupy the numbers four and five positions: Cirque du Soleil: “O” (5.77) and Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE (4.36). Donny & Marie Osmond leap from number ten to number six (3.04). Barry Manilow (number eight, 1.40) and Jersey Boys (number nine, 1.22) are back in the Vegas top ten; David Copperfield makes his Vegas top ten debut at number ten, power score 0.97.
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.