Wicked is back on top of TicketNews’s Weekly Top Events rankings for the week ending May 17. The musical has a 6.30 power score,...

Wicked is back on top of TicketNews’s Weekly Top Events rankings for the week ending May 17. The musical has a 6.30 power score, better than American Idol Live’s 4.51 power score and the New York Yankees’ 2.51 power score. Sports teams dominate the rest of the overall rankings: the Boston Red Sox are at number four (2.37) while the NBA Conference Semifinals with the Boston Celtics in the East and the Los Angeles Lakers in the West took numbers five and six. The Western Conference Finals with the Denver Nuggets follows in number seven, power score 1.94. Another musical, Jersey Boys remains popular with ticket buyers and is number eight (1.82). Elton John & Billy Joel make number nine (1.74) and Green Day debuts in the overall top ten with a 1.64 power score.

The above sports teams of course dominate the sports top ten, though Denver Nuggets tickets outsell Boston and L.A. in the sports rankings. Baseball’s Chicago Cubs follow the Yankees, Red Sox, and NBA conference finals teams in the number six position (3.59). The NHL Western Conference Finals with the Chicago Blackhawks is number seven (3.27) and already played Conference semifinals for both the NBA and NHL round out the sports top ten, beginning with the Nuggets, Bruins, and Washington Capitals.

Besides Green Day making a strong showing in the Top Concert Events rankings, Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler also rank highly, at number four (3.20). The Jonas Brothers continue to move tickets and rank at number five (3.02), ahead of U2 (six, 2.95) and Aerosmith & ZZ Top (seven, 2.83). Kenny Chesney slips from his previously held number four position to number eight (2.82) while Coldplay slips from eight to nine (2.62). George Strait is back in the rankings at number ten (2.06).


The top ten theater events, in addition to “Wicked” and “Jersey Boys”, include Billy Elliot (three, 5.36), West Side Story (four, 4.78), and Andrea Bocelli (five, 4.22). Mary Poppins is still popular theater fare and ranks at number six (3.90), as is Dirty Dancing (ten, 1.95).

Ticket sales for the Great White Way show “Wicked” on top. Lion King sits at number five (5.21) and South Pacific at number six (5.05). God of Carnage is number seven (3.05) and Mamma Mia! is number eight (2.81). Broadway exclusive Hair makes number nine (2.30) and Phantom of the Opera closes out the Broadway to ten with a 1.70 power score.

Cher is still Vegas’ number one act with a 44.04 power score. Bette Midler is close behind with a 43.68 power score. Cirque du Soleil – O (2.72) and Cirque du Soleil – Zumanity (2.64) follow in numbers three and four. Barry Manilow reappears in the Vegas top ten at number five (1.35), as does David Copperfield at number eight (0.61). Criss Angel: Believe slips from number six to number nine (0.53) and Le Reve is number ten, power score 0.50.

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 5/17/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 6.30
2 American Idols Live Tickets 4.51
3 New York Yankees Tickets 2.51
4 Boston Red Sox Tickets 2.37
5 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Celtics Tickets 2.07
6 NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Los Angeles Lakers Tickets 2.07
7 NBA Western Conference Finals: Denver Nuggets Tickets 1.94
8 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.82
9 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 1.74
10 Green Day Tickets 1.64

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 5/17/2009

      Event Score
1 American Idols Live Tickets 9.31
2 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 3.59
3 Green Day Tickets 3.40
4 Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler Tickets 3.20
5 Jonas Brothers Tickets 3.02
6 U2 Tickets 2.95
7 Aerosmith & ZZ Top Tickets 2.83
8 Kenny Chesney Tickets 2.82
9 Coldplay Tickets 2.62
10 George Strait Tickets 2.06

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 5/17/2009

      Event Score
1 New York Yankees Tickets 7.83
2 Boston Red Sox Tickets 7.68
3 NBA Western Conference Finals: Denver Nuggets Tickets 6.28
4 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Celtics Tickets 3.98
5 NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Los Angeles Lakers Tickets 3.92
6 Chicago Cubs Tickets 3.59
7 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks Tickets 3.27
8 NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Denver Nuggets Tickets 2.70
9 NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins Tickets 2.58
10 NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals: Washington Capitals Tickets 2.42
     

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 5/17/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 39.48
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 11.32
3 Billy Elliot Tickets 5.36
4 West Side Story Tickets 4.78
5 Andrea Bocelli Tickets 4.22
6 Mary Poppins Tickets 3.90
7 Lion King Tickets 3.78
8 South Pacific Tickets 2.53
9 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 2.41
10 Dirty Dancing Tickets 1.95

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 5/17/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 31.33
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 12.48
3 Billy Elliot Tickets 10.93
4 West Side Story Tickets 9.75
5 Lion King Tickets 5.21
6 South Pacific Tickets 5.05
7 God of Carnage Tickets 3.05
8 Mamma Mia! Tickets 2.81
9 Hair Tickets 2.30
10 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 1.70

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 5/17/2009

      Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 44.04
2 Bette Midler Tickets 43.68
3 Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets 2.72
4 Cirque Du Soleil – Zumanity Tickets 2.64
5 Barry Manilow Tickets 1.35
6 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.15
7 Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets 0.93
8 David Copperfield Tickets 0.61
9 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets 0.53
10 Le Reve Tickets 0.50