TicketNews today released its top events rankings for the week ending January 18 and for the first time in five weeks Wicked lost the...

TicketNews today released its top events rankings for the week ending January 18 and for the first time in five weeks Wicked lost the top spot in the overall rankings. Number one went to the Arizona Cardinals NFC Championship Game (power score 6.46), Wicked had a 5.51 power score, which was good enough for number two. Super Bowl XLIII tickets are already in the rankings, at number three (4.59). Elton John & Billy Joel tickets sold enough for a 3.57 power score and the number four spot, ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers AFC Championship Game (3.34). Britney Spears slips in the Top Combined Events rankings, from number five to number nine (1.91), through she edges ahead of Monster Jam Trucks (number ten, 1.60).

The NFC/AFC Championship games rank at numbers one and three in the Top Sports Events rankings, respectively, with Super Bowl XLIII tickets at number two (10.10). Behind number-four ranked Monster Jam Trucks (3.52) is the AMA Supercross (number five, 3.40). Three NBA teams occupy numbers six through eight: the Los Angeles Lakers (2.64), New York Knicks (2.36), and the Boston Celtics (2.02). WWE ticket sales are good enough for number nine (1.83). One NHL teams makes the top ten: the Boston Bruins (number ten, 1.73).

The Dead announced their first concert in four years, and ticket sales for their Spring 2009 concert propelled them to the number two spot (8.28) in the Top Concerts rankings, behind Elton John & Billy Joel (9.71). Britney Spears, no longer number one, ranks at number four (5.20), behind the Eagles (number three, 6.80). Fleetwood Mac, who in the last rankings were at number nine, make the leap to number six (3.93). Nickelback falls to number seven (3.57), ahead of AC/DC (number eight, 2.87), who in the last rankings were at number three. After a sold-out summer tour, Rascal Flatts added more dates to their calendar and now they’re at number nine (2.74) in the rankings. Leonard Cohen appears in the concert rankings for the first time, at number ten, power score 2.64.

Though it no longer has the title of top-selling event, Wicked is still the top-selling show in both the theater and Broadway rankings. In the Top Theater Events rankings, Jersey Boys ranks behind Wicked, at number two (12.82); Lion King is number three (6.93), and South Pacific is number four (5.71). Phantom of the Opera (number five, 4.80) edged ahead of Billy Elliot (number six, 4.71). Pop-culture icons Dirty Dancing (number eight, 2.23) and Grease (number ten, 1.73) also make the theater top ten.

In the Top Broadway Events rankings, Wicked, Jersey Boys, South Pacific, and Lion King all rank in the top five; You’re Welcome America—A Final Night with George W Bush ranks at number six (4.05). Mamma Mia! takes number seven (3.91), ahead of two shows that are exclusively Broadway: Shrek (number nine, 1.81), and Mary Poppins (number ten, 1.24).

The Top Vegas Events rankings show that Cher (36.43) has taken the title of top ticket-selling diva from Bette Midler (number two, 29.61). Cirque du Soleil: “O” ranks at number three (9.55) and Elton John: The Red Piano ranks at number four (8.13). Criss Angel: Believe tickets are still moving, and this week the show is at number six, power score 2.55. La Rêve is back in the Vegas rankings at number eight (1.63). Barry Manilow gains some ground in these rankings and moves up to number nine (1.06) from number ten, while Amazing Johnathan closes the Vegas top ten with a 0.65 power score.

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 01/18/2009

     EventScore
1NFC Championship Game: Arizona Cardinals Tickets6.46
2Wicked Tickets5.51
3Super Bowl XLIII Tickets4.59
4Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets3.57
5AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets3.34
6The Dead Tickets3.04
7The Eagles Tickets2.50
8Jersey Boys Tickets1.95
9Britney Spears Tickets1.91
10Monster Jam Trucks Tickets1.60

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 01/18/2009

     EventScore
1Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets9.71
2The Dead Tickets8.28
3The Eagles Tickets6.80
4Britney Spears Tickets5.20
5Dave Matthews Band Tickets4.04
6Fleetwood Mac Tickets3.93
7Nickelback Tickets3.57
8AC/DC Tickets2.87
9Rascal Flatts Tickets2.74
10Leonard Cohen Tickets2.64

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 01/18/2009

     EventScore
1NFC Championship Game: Arizona Cardinals Tickets14.24
2Super Bowl XLIII Tickets10.10
3AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets7.37
4Monster Jam Trucks Tickets3.52
5AMA Supercross Tickets3.40
6Los Angeles Lakers Tickets2.64
7New York Knicks Tickets2.36
8Boston Celtics Tickets2.02
9WWE Tickets1.83
10Boston Bruins Tickets1.73
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 01/18/2009

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets36.21
2Jersey Boys Tickets12.82
3Lion King Tickets6.93
4South Pacific Tickets5.71
5Phantom of the Opera Tickets4.80
6Billy Elliot Tickets4.71
7Mamma Mia! Tickets2.32
8Dirty Dancing Tickets2.23
9You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W Bush Tickets1.88
10Grease Tickets1.73

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 01/18/2009

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets33.82
2Jersey Boys Tickets15.94
3South Pacific Tickets12.09
4Billy Elliot Tickets10.02
5Lion King Tickets6.38
6You’re Welcome America – A Final Night with George W Bush Tickets4.05
7Mamma Mia! Tickets3.91
8Phantom of the Opera Tickets1.84
9Shrek Tickets1.81
10Mary Poppins Tickets1.24

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 01/18/2009

     EventScore
1Cher Tickets36.43
2Bette Midler Tickets29.61
3Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets9.55
4Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets8.13
5Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets2.56
6Criss Angel: Believe Tickets2.55
7Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets1.94
8Le Rêve Tickets1.63
9Barry Manilow Tickets1.06
10Amazing Johnathan Tickets0.65