ALCS and NLCS games propel baseball into the Weekly Top Event Rankings, according to TicketNews’s rankings for the week ending October 18, 2009. The New York Yankees ALCS series ranks number four overall (power score 2.10), behind Wicked (5.46), Jersey Boys (2.96), and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (three, 2.67); the Philadelphia Phillies NLCS series is number ten overall (1.55). NFL’s the Pittsburgh Steelers make the overall top ten, at number five (2.03), while the Texas Longhorns are number nine (1.57). Also making an appearance in the top ten: U2 (six, 1.86), Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (seven, 1.81), and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (eight, 1.68).
The Yankees ALCS (one, 4.63) beats out the Phillies NLCS (six, 2.37) and their ALCS opponents the LA Angels (seven, 2.36), in the sports rankings. Following the Steelers (3.50) and Longhorns (2.47) in number four are the Dallas Cowboys (2.92). Manny Pacquiao is back in the sports rankings, at number five (2.55). Rounding out the sports top ten: the New York Giants, who slip to number eight (2.07) from their number two spot in the last rankings; San Diego Chargers (nine, 1.90); and the New Orleans Saints (ten, 1.85).
The popular Radio City Christmas Spectacular sits on top of the Top Concert Events rankings (8.83). Perennial ticket seller Miley Cyrus is number five (3.98), followed by rockers AC/DC (3.69) and KISS (2.42). Jay Z moves up to number eight (2.39) from number ten, while Metallica (nine, 2.08) and Aventura (ten, 2.06) close out the concert top ten.
As usual, “Wicked” is the top show in the theater rankings (26.81). “Jersey Boys” is second most popular with buyers, earning a 14.70 power score, and Lion King is third (6.56). Mary Poppins ranks at number six (3.10). Singer Andrea Bocelli is number eight (2.75) and Hamlet is number nine (2.62). South Pacific is number ten with a 2.43 power score.
In the Broadway rankings, besides “Wicked” and “Jersey Boys”, the top selling shows also include Billy Elliot (three, 10.36) and A Steady Rain (four, 6.68). West Side Story is number seven (2.99), and rounding out the Broadway top ten are God of Carnage (nine, 2.81) and Phantom of the Opera (ten, 1.87).
Bette Midler still has the most popular Vegas show, as she’s number one in the Vegas rankings with a 49.50 power score. Cher follows with a 36.89 power score. Cirque du Soleil shows are still making the Vegas top ten: this time it’s The Beatles: Love (three, 3.37) and O (seven, 1.41). Jay Leno is number four (1.95), outselling Le Reve (five, 1.79), and Donny & Marie Osmond (six, 1.49). Phantom: the Las Vegas Spectacular re-enters the rankings at number eight (1.29), while the Blue Man Group falls to number nine (1.29) from number four. Penn & Teller are number ten with a 0.39 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.