American Idols Live retakes the top spot in TicketNews’s Weekly Top Events rankings for the week ending May 24. With a 6.13 power score, the event beats out Wicked (5.68) for number one overall.
Tickets for the NBA Western Conference Finals with the Denver Nuggets are selling well, enough to put that event at number three (4.32). Baseball’s Boston Red Sox (four, 3.31) and New York Yankees (five, 3.24) beat out the NBA Eastern Conference Finals with the Orlando Magic, as that event is number six (2.52). Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler break back into the overall top ten at number seven (2.16), ahead of the ever popular Jersey Boys (eight, 1.75). It looks like Los Angeles Lakers fans aren’t snatching up tickets for the Western Conference Finals the way Nuggets fans are; the Lakers rank at number nine (1.52). The Chicago Cubs make a good showing in these rankings, leaping from their previous number seventeen to number ten (1.49).
Baseball takes one and two in the Top Sports Events rankings, with the Red Sox at one (9.64) and the Yankees at two (9.44). NBA Conference finals takes numbers three through seven, with the Nuggets on top (8.62) and the Cleveland Cavaliers coming in at number seven (3.92). The NHL Western Conference Finals co-starring the Chicago Blackhawks is number eight (3.27). Two new events break into the top ten: the UFC 100 (nine, 3.01) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (ten, 2.43).
Besides American Idols Live and Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler, other popular concerts include Kenny Chesney (three, 3.09), U2 (four, 2.85), the Jonas Brothers (five, 2.80), and Coldplay (six, 2.78). AC/DC is back at number seven (2.63) and fellow rockers Aerosmith & ZZ Top follow in number eight (2.48). Green Day slips to number nine (2.46), from number three and George Strait stays at number ten (2.43).
The familiar theater trifecta still dominates the Top Theater rankings: “Wicked” (38.52), “Jersey Boys” (11.87), and Billy Elliot (5.40). West Side Story continues to sell tickets (four, 5.12), as does Lion King (five, 4.07) and Mary Poppins (six, 3.87). Opera star Andrea Bocelli is number seven (3.27). South Pacific has slipped in the rankings in the past few months and that show is number nine in these rankings (2.39). At number ten is Dirty Dancing (2.21).
The news in the Broadway rankings is similar, with the top five events matching the top five events in the theater rankings. Not ranked in the theater top ten but in the Broadway top ten: Mamma Mia!, at number seven (3.10). God of Carnage follows (2.56). Phantom of the Opera is number nine (1.86), and Hair is ten (1.83).
The Vegas rankings show that Bette Midler has stolen Cher’s thunder: Bette’s 62.31 power score is considerably larger than Cher’s 32.11 power score. Cirque du Soleil – O stays at number three (8.97). Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular comes back in the Vegas top ten, at number five (2.16). Le Reve (2.02) beats out Jay Leno (1.75) who beats out Cirque du Soleil – KÀ (1.03) and Cirque du Soleil – Zumanity (0.76). Carrot Top closes out the Vegas top ten with a 0.69 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.
Last Updated on May 27, 2009 by By Petrina Crockford