Super Bowl XLIII tickets had no trouble holding on to the number one spot overall (power score 15.65) in TicketNews’s Top Events Rankings for...

Super Bowl XLIII tickets had no trouble holding on to the number one spot overall (power score 15.65) in TicketNews’s Top Events Rankings for the week ending February 2. With a 4.76 power score, Wicked held on to number two and Fleetwood Mac held on to number three with a 4.42 power score. Fresh off the news of their summer reunion tour announcement, Phish enters the Top Combined Events rankings at number four, power score 3.80. Phish’s ticket sales are good enough to give them the lead over number-five duo of Elton John & Billy Joel (2.75) and Jersey Boys (1.89), who jump from their number ten position in the last rankings to number six. Britney Spears makes a strong showing at number seven (1.80). Il Divo makes the rankings at number eight (1.60), ahead of The Dead (1.54) who slipped to number nine from number five. Rounding out the overall top ten is Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, whose “Dream” tour kicks off April 1 in San Jose, CA.

The above concerts perform strongly in the Top Concert Events rankings, with Fleetwood Mac at number one. Other concerts that sold well according to TicketNews’s calculations: The Eagles (number eight, 3.44), Nickelback (number nine, 3.00), and Kenny Chesney (number ten, 2.88).


Right behind number-one Super Bowl XLIII (35.07) in the Top Sports Events rankings are the Boston Red Sox (2.80). The New York Knicks move from number eight to number three (2.79) in these rankings, and the upcoming Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton fight takes number four (2.70). The WWE (number five, 2.65) edges ahead of the Boston Celtics (number six, 2.31). Monster Jam Trucks and the AMA Supercross, which were in the top five in the last rankings, are now at numbers seven and eight, respectively. The Boston Bruins stay at number nine (1.45) and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Daytona 500 stays at number ten (1.34).

Wicked and Jersey Boys still reign supreme in the Top Theater and Top Broadway Events rankings. In the theater rankings, Phantom of the Opera is the third bestselling show with a 6.73 power score. You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush is at number four (5.32) and South Pacific is at number five (5.31). Dirty Dancing moves up a spot to number nine (2.23) and Rent enters the rankings at number ten with a 1.63 power score.

In the Broadway rankings, Billy Elliot is moving enough tickets for number five (7.39). The Lion King is at number six (4.40) and Mamma Mia! is at number seven (3.29). In the Heights enters the Broadway rankings at number nine (1.47) and Shrek takes number ten (1.40).

The top Las Vegas show belongs to Cher (38.03); number two belongs to Bette Midler (19.01), and number three belongs to Elton John: The Red Piano (15.09). After a hiatus, Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: Love returns to the Vegas top ten at number three (4.89). Three more Cirque du Soleil shows make the Vegas top ten: Cirque du Soleil “O” (number five, 4.25), Cirque du Soleil: KÀ (number seven, 1.91), and Cirque du Soleil: Mystère (number ten, 1.33). Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular and Wayne Brady slip in at numbers six and nine.

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.

Top Combined Events

Week Ending 2/01/2009

1Super Bowl XLIII Tickets15.65
2Wicked Tickets4.76
3Fleetwood Mac Tickets4.42
4Phish Tickets3.80
5Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets2.75
6Jersey Boys Tickets1.89
7Britney Spears Tickets1.80
8Il Divo Tickets1.60
9The Dead Tickets1.54
10Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Tickets1.54

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 2/01/2009

1Fleetwood Mac Tickets11.18
2Phish Tickets9.61
3Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets6.95
4Britney Spears Tickets4.55
5Il Divo Tickets4.06
6The Dead Tickets3.90
7Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Tickets3.90
8The Eagles Tickets3.44
9Nickelback Tickets3.00
10Kenny Chesney Tickets2.88

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 2/01/2009

1Super Bowl XLIII Tickets35.07
2Boston Red Sox Tickets2.80
3New York Knicks Tickets2.79
4Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton Tickets2.70
5WWE Tickets2.65
6Boston Celtics Tickets2.31
7Monster Jam Trucks Tickets2.11
8AMA Supercross Tickets1.88
9Boston Bruins Tickets1.45
10NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Daytona 500 Tickets1.34

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 2/01/2009

1Wicked Tickets32.33
2Jersey Boys Tickets12.81
3Phantom of the Opera Tickets6.73
4You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush Tickets5.32
5South Pacific Tickets5.31
6Lion King Tickets5.15
7Billy Elliot Tickets3.34
8Mamma Mia! Tickets2.40
9Dirty Dancing Tickets2.23
10Rent Tickets1.63

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 2/01/2009

1Wicked Tickets30.38
2Jersey Boys Tickets15.49
3You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush Tickets11.90
4South Pacific Tickets11.80
5Billy Elliot Tickets7.39
6Lion King Tickets4.40
7Mamma Mia! Tickets3.29
8Phantom of the Opera Tickets2.05
9In the Heights Tickets1.47
10Shrek Tickets1.40

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 2/01/2009

1Cher Tickets38.03
2Bette Midler Tickets19.01
3Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets15.09
4Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets4.89
5Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets4.25
6Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular Tickets2.45
7Cirque du Soleil: KÀ Tickets1.91
8Jersey Boys Tickets1.44
9Wayne Brady Tickets1.33
10Cirque du Soleil: Mystère Tickets1.33

Last Updated on May 22, 2009 by By Petrina Crockford