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

      Event Score
1 NFC Championship Game: Arizona Cardinals Tickets 6.46
2 Wicked Tickets 5.51
3 Super Bowl XLIII Tickets 4.59
4 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 3.57
5 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets 3.34
6 The Dead Tickets 3.04
7 The Eagles Tickets 2.50
8 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.95
9 Britney Spears Tickets 1.91
10 Monster Jam Trucks Tickets 1.60

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 01/18/2009

      Event Score
1 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 9.71
2 The Dead Tickets 8.28
3 The Eagles Tickets 6.80
4 Britney Spears Tickets 5.20
5 Dave Matthews Band Tickets 4.04
6 Fleetwood Mac Tickets 3.93
7 Nickelback Tickets 3.57
8 AC/DC Tickets 2.87
9 Rascal Flatts Tickets 2.74
10 Leonard Cohen Tickets 2.64

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 01/18/2009

      Event Score
1 NFC Championship Game: Arizona Cardinals Tickets 14.24
2 Super Bowl XLIII Tickets 10.10
3 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets 7.37
4 Monster Jam Trucks Tickets 3.52
5 AMA Supercross Tickets 3.40
6 Los Angeles Lakers Tickets 2.64
7 New York Knicks Tickets 2.36
8 Boston Celtics Tickets 2.02
9 WWE Tickets 1.83
10 Boston Bruins Tickets 1.73
     

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 01/18/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 36.21
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 12.82
3 Lion King Tickets 6.93
4 South Pacific Tickets 5.71
5 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 4.80
6 Billy Elliot Tickets 4.71
7 Mamma Mia! Tickets 2.32
8 Dirty Dancing Tickets 2.23
9 You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W Bush Tickets 1.88
10 Grease Tickets 1.73

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 01/18/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 33.82
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 15.94
3 South Pacific Tickets 12.09
4 Billy Elliot Tickets 10.02
5 Lion King Tickets 6.38
6 You’re Welcome America – A Final Night with George W Bush Tickets 4.05
7 Mamma Mia! Tickets 3.91
8 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 1.84
9 Shrek Tickets 1.81
10 Mary Poppins Tickets 1.24

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 01/18/2009

      Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 36.43
2 Bette Midler Tickets 29.61
3 Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets 9.55
4 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 8.13
5 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 2.56
6 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets 2.55
7 Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets 1.94
8 Le Rêve Tickets 1.63
9 Barry Manilow Tickets 1.06
10 Amazing Johnathan Tickets 0.65