TicketNews today released its Weekly Top Events rankings for the week ending August 30, and Wicked is on top again (5.38), with the New...

TicketNews today released its Weekly Top Events rankings for the week ending August 30, and Wicked is on top again (5.38), with the New York Yankees selling enough tickets for the title of second best selling event overall (2.40). U2 returns to the top three with a 2.38 power score, beating out Jersey Boys (four, 2.38) and KISS (2.24), who break into the top ten due to sales for its ‘Alive 25’ tour. Texas Longhorns football moves from number fourteen to number six (1.90), beating out concert favorites Britney Spears (eight, 1.59) and Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler (nine, 1.50). Billy Elliot closes out the overall top ten with a 1.44 power score.

The Yankees (4.82) and Longhorns (4.14) take the top two spots in the Top Sports Events rankings with NFL teams following, including the Pittsburgh Steelers (three, 2.96), Green Bay Packers (four, 2.48), Dallas Cowboys (five, 2.43), New England Patriots (seven, 2.03), and the New York Giants (eight, 1.89). Baseball’s other popular favorite, the Boston Red Sox are number six (2.40). The WWE (1.75) and Ohio State Buckeyes (1.62) are numbers nine and ten.

Along with U2 (6.67) and KISS (6.27), Miley Cyrus has a popular ticket, as she is number six (3.18) in the Top Concert Events rankings. Newcomer Miley beats Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (seven, 2.44) in these rankings. Blink 182 & Weezer are number eight (1.81). Metallica has been around for a while and fans still want to see them; they’re number nine (1.75) in these rankings. At number ten: Kings of Leon (1.69).

“Wicked” is of course the top theater show (33.86). Other shows in the theater top ten: Phantom of the Opera (five, 2.91), South Pacific (six, 2.61), and So You Think You Can Dance? (eight, 2.31). Mamma Mia! is back in the theater rankings at number nine, power score 2.02).

Behind “Wicked” (26.56) in the Broadway rankings are Lion King (four, 5.39), A Steady Rain (five, 4.31), and West Side Story (seven, 3.58). God of Carnage is number ten (2.10).

Bette Midler stays in the number one spot in the Vegas rankings with a 48.22 power score. Cher follows with a 32.39 power score. Cirque du Soleil – O rises to number three (4.26) from number five and Donny & Marie Osmond fall to number four (3.61) from number three. Jay Leno breaks in at number five (1.99), beating the Blue Man Group (six, 1.90) and Le Reve (seven, 0.91). Back in the Vegas top ten after a hiatus: Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular (eight, 0.83) and “Jersey Boys” (nine, 0.82). And at number ten is Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love (0.78).

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 8/30/2009

1Wicked Tickets5.38
2New York Yankees Tickets2.40
3U2 Tickets2.38
4Jersey Boys Tickets2.38
5Kiss Tickets2.24
6Texas Longhorns Tickets1.90
7AC/DC Tickets1.89
8Britney Spears Tickets1.59
9Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler Tickets1.50
10Billy Elliot Tickets1.44

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 8/30/2009

1U2 Tickets6.67
2Kiss Tickets6.27
3AC/DC Tickets5.28
4Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler Tickets4.19
5Britney Spears Tickets3.95
6Miley Cyrus Tickets3.18
7Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Tickets2.44
8Blink 182 & Weezer Tickets1.81
9Metallica Tickets1.75
10Kings of Leon Tickets1.69

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 8/30/2009

1New York Yankees Tickets4.82
2Texas Longhorns Tickets4.14
3Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets2.96
4Green Bay Packers Tickets2.48
5Dallas Cowboys Tickets2.43
6Boston Red Sox Tickets2.40
7New England Patriots Tickets2.03
8New York Giants Tickets1.89
9WWE Tickets1.75
10Ohio State Buckeyes Tickets1.62

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 8/30/2009

1Wicked Tickets33.86
2Jersey Boys Tickets15.45
3Billy Elliot Tickets9.45
4Lion King Tickets4.53
5Phantom of the Opera Tickets2.91
6South Pacific Tickets2.61
7A Steady Rain Tickets2.43
8So You Think You Can Dance? Tickets2.31
9West Side Story Tickets2.02
10Mamma Mia! Tickets1.97

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 8/30/2009

1Wicked Tickets26.56
2Jersey Boys Tickets17.86
3Billy Elliot Tickets16.60
4Lion King Tickets5.39
5A Steady Rain Tickets4.31
6South Pacific Tickets3.63
7West Side Story Tickets3.58
8Mamma Mia! Tickets2.63
9Phantom of the Opera Tickets2.53
10God of Carnage Tickets2.10

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 8/30/2009

1Bette Midler Tickets48.22
2Cher Tickets32.39
3Cirque du Soleil – O Tickets4.26
4Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets3.61
5Jay Leno Tickets1.99
6Blue Man Group Tickets1.90
7Le Reve Tickets0.91
8Phantom The Las Vegas Spectacular Tickets0.83
9Jersey Boys Tickets0.82
10Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets0.78