Wicked (10.29), once again, regained top billing as the week’s top selling event, according to TicketNews’s exclusive event rankings for the week ending December...

Wicked (10.29), once again, regained top billing as the week’s top selling event, according to TicketNews’s exclusive event rankings for the week ending December 28. Jersey Boys follows Wicked in the overall rankings with a 2.96 power score. Other highlights of the list include Britney Spears, who slipped in the overall rankings from number two to number four (2.47) ahead of Elton John & Billy Joel, who hold on to their number five spot with a 2.45 power score. Rounding out the top ten are two theater shows: the Lion King (number eight, 1.56) and the Phantom of the Opera (number ten, 1.48).

In the Top Theater Events rankings “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” “Lion King” and “Phantom of the Opera” have the edge, but South Pacific (number five, 5.21) and Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk (number six, 4.33) are also moving tickets. Dance-themed shows Billy Elliot (3.20) and “Dirty Dancing” (2.51) rank at numbers seven and eight. Mary Poppins debuts in the theater rankings at number nine with a 1.60 power score.

The top selling shows in the Broadway rankings match those in the theater rankings, except for Broadway shows like Shrek (number seven, 2.57) and the Little Mermaid (number nine, 2.22). La Bohème closes out the Broadway top ten with a 2.04 power score.

According to the Top Concert Events rankings Britney Spears is still number one with an 8.40 power score. The Eagles are at number four (4.66) and Nickelback are at number five (4.60). Jeff Dunham is back in the rankings at number six (4.06), just ahead of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (3.91). AC/DC slips from their previously held number five position to number eight (3.11) and Fleetwood Mac also slips from number six to number ten (2.79). Lil’ Wayne moves up a spot to number nine, power score 3.02.

The BCS National Championship Bowl is the number one sports event with a 6.42 power score. Trailing behind are the Los Angeles Lakers with a 4.64 power score and the Boston Celtics with a 3.98 power score. The Cleveland Cavaliers move to the number four spot in the sports rankings with a 3.16 power score and the New York Knicks take the number five spot (2.95), up from their previously held number nine position. The WWE comes in at number six (2.43). Hockey’s New York Rangers rank at number nine (1.79) and football’s San Diego Chargers rank at number ten (1.75).

The Vegas top ten shows Bette Midler at number one with a 38.54 power score. Cirque du Soleil: “O” (24.32) bumps Cher to number three (13.21). Elton John: The Red Piano is still number four with a 6.79 power score. Several Vegas shows reappear in these rankings after disappearing from the Vegas top ten: Criss Angel: Believe (number seven, 1.66); Jubilee! (number eight, 1.54); Blue Man Group (number nine, 1.29); and Penn & Teller (number ten, 0.95).

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 12/28/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 10.29
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 2.96
3 BCS National Championship Bowl Tickets 2.51
4 Britney Spears Tickets 2.47
5 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 2.45
6 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 2.05
7 Los Angeles Lakers Tickets 1.81
8 Lion King Tickets 1.56
9 Boston Celtics Tickets 1.55
10 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 1.48

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 12/28/2008

      Event Score
1 Britney Spears Tickets 8.40
2 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 8.31
3 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 6.29
4 The Eagles Tickets 4.66
5 Nickelback Tickets 4.60
6 Jeff Dunham Tickets 4.06
7 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets 3.91
8 AC/DC Tickets 3.11
9 Lil’ Wayne Tickets 3.02
10 Fleetwood Mac Tickets 2.79

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 12/28/2008

      Event Score
1 BCS National Championship Bowl Tickets 6.42
2 Los Angeles Lakers Tickets 4.64
3 Boston Celtics Tickets 3.98
4 Cleveland Cavaliers Tickets 3.16
5 New York Knicks Tickets 2.95
6 WWE Tickets 2.43
7 NFC Divisional Playoffs: New York Giants Tickets 2.36
8 Boston Bruins Tickets 1.96
9 New York Rangers Tickets 1.79
10 San Diego Chargers Tickets 1.75
     

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 12/28/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 36.58
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 10.68
3 Lion King Tickets 5.42
4 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 5.39
5 South Pacific Tickets 5.21
6 Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk Tickets 4.33
7 Billy Elliot Tickets 3.20
8 Dirty Dancing Tickets 2.51
9 Mary Poppins Tickets 1.60
10 Mamma Mia! Tickets 1.36

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 12/28/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 25.96
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 11.84
3 South Pacific Tickets 11.84
4 Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk Tickets 9.84
5 Billy Elliot Tickets 7.27
6 Lion King Tickets 4.85
7 Shrek Tickets 2.57
8 Mary Poppins Tickets 2.49
9 Little Mermaid Tickets 2.22
10 La Bohème Tickets 2.04

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 12/28/2008

      Event Score
1 Bette Midler Tickets 38.54
2 Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets 24.32
3 Cher Tickets 13.21
4 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 6.79
5 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 5.27
6 Jersey Boys Tickets 2.38
7 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets 1.66
8 Jubilee! Tickets 1.54
9 Blue Man Group Tickets 1.29
10 Penn & Teller Tickets 0.95

By Petrina Crockford