Crooner Michael Bublé made big gains in TicketNews’s exclusive Top Events Rankings for the week ending December 13. The singer is number two (4.08), behind perennially number-one-ranked Wicked (5.10); for the week ending December 6, Bublé barely cracked the top 10 at number nine. In number three (3.12) is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, followed by Taylor Swift (3.07). Lady Gaga makes the overall top ten, at number five (2.65).
George Strait & Reba McIntire are number six (2.48), while theater’s other favorite, Jersey Boys, is number seven (2.42). The BCS National Championship Game, featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Texas Longhorns, is the only sports event to make the Top Combined Events rankings, at number eight (2.32). The Black-Eyed Peas (nine, 1.93) narrowly beat out holiday favorite Trans-Siberian Orchestra (ten, 1.69).
Other concerts selling well, according to the Top Concert Events rankings: Bon Jovi (eight, 3.22), and John Mayer (nine, 3.03). Jeff Dunham closes out the concert top ten with a 2.13 power score.
College Bowls dominate the sports rankings, with the Crimson Tide at number one (5.79) and the Gator Bowl with Florida State against West Virginia, following at 3.61. The Cotton Bowl, between Oklahoma State and Ole Miss, is number three (3.43); the Rose Bowl, featuring Oregon against Ohio State, is number four (3.16); the Chick-fil-A Bowl, with Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee, is number five (2.87); and the Holiday Day Bowl with Nebraska against Arizona, is number seven (2.09). The Capital One Bowl, between Penn State and LSU, is number nine (2.05). In between are the Dallas Cowboys (six, 2.12) and the Los Angeles Lakers (eight, 2.08). The New York Knicks are number ten (2.04).
Wicked (26.46), Jersey Boys (12.68), and the Lion King (6.85) lead the Top Theater Events rankings. Billy Elliot is number four (4.73) and The Nutcracker is number five (3.03). The Addams Family makes the top ten at number seven (2.76). Mary Poppins is still a favorite, coming in at number nine (2.37), just ahead of A Little Night Music (ten, 2.12).
In the Broadway rankings, Cirque du Soleil – Wintuk (four, 6.59) beats Lion King (five, 5.58). It seems West Side Story is still a Broadway favorite, and it ranks at number seven (3.23). South Pacific makes number eight (2.61) and beats out Mamma Mia! (nine, 2.29) and Phantom of the Opera (ten, 2.22).
Bette Midler has a big number-one lead over Cher: compare her 59.21 power score to Cher’s 31.54 power score in the Las Vegas ranking. Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: LOVE trails behind in number three with a 1.71 power score. Jay Leno is number four (1.65). Amazing Jonathan (six, 1.19) has a lead over Barry Manilow (seven, 1.05) and Blue Man Group (eight, 1.02). Jubilee! is number nine (0.57) and Le Reve is number ten (0.26).
TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales from the TicketNetwork ExchangeTM, the world’s largest secondary market exchange. Two factors are used to calculate a power score: total ticket sales from the given event and total ticket sales within the category. Since the sum of all events’ power scores equals 100 in any given category, an individual event’s Power Score represents its category-specific significance. Top Seller Power Scores should only be used to compare sellers within a particular category, and not across categories.