With the arrival of the holiday season, it seems ticket buyers want to be entertained by their old favorites: Wicked is number one in...

With the arrival of the holiday season, it seems ticket buyers want to be entertained by their old favorites: Wicked is number one in TicketNews’s exclusive Weekly Top Events with a 6.50 power score. Number two goes to a holiday standard, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (5.48).

Two new favorites follow in the third and fourth spots, Lady Gaga (3.73) and Taylor Swift (2.81), while theater’s endlessly popular Jersey Boys is number five (2.80). The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is number six (2.63). One sports event that makes the overall top ten at number seven (1.97): the Big 12 Football Championship featuring the Texas Longhorns. Bon Jovi, who was number one in the last rankings, is number eight (1.95) this week, and U2 slips to number nine (1.84) from the previously held number three spot. Closing out the list is the SEC Football Championship featuring the Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide (ten, 1.81).

The Longhorns (one, 5.33) and the Gators (two, 4.89) dominate the sports top ten, with three of NBA’s most popular teams following suit: the New York Knicks (three, 2.76), Los Angeles Lakers (four, 2.67), and the Boston Celtics (five, 2.46). The Cleveland Cavaliers are number ten (1.63). NFL teams making the list include the Dallas Cowboys (six, 2.09), who were number two in last week’s rankings, and the Minnesota Vikings (eight, 1.91). The WWE body slams in at number seven (1.97) and hockey’s New York Rangers make number nine (1.63).

In addition to the aforementioned artists with popular concerts in the top ten, John Mayer has sold enough tickets to give him the number seven spot (3.93) in the concert top ten. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is number nine, one spot behind George Strait & Reba McEntire (3.65). In number ten and back in the rankings is Andrea Bocelli with a 2.35 power score.

The top theater events rankings show “Wicked” (28.75) and “Jersey Boys” (12.47) on top, followed by the Lion King (three, 6.52) and Billy Elliot (four, 4.85). Mary Poppins is still a favorite, coming in at number six (3.18), as is The Nutcracker (seven, 3.13). The Addams Family is number eight (2.28) and rounding out the theater top ten are Mamma Mia! (nine, 2.06) and West Side Story (ten, 1.92).

In the Broadway rankings, Cirque du Soleil – Wintuk is number five (6.61). The play A Steady Rain continues to do well and is number seven (2.60) in these rankings. South Pacific reenters the rankings at number nine (2.17) after a brief hiatus, and Phantom of the Opera is number ten (2.16).
Bette Midler takes number one (54.21) from Cher (two, 35.52) in the Vegas rankings. Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles – Love moves up to number three (2.53) from number six. David Copperfield is number four (1.76). Jay Leno (1.36) and Criss Angel: Believe (1.25) reenter the Vegas rankings at numbers five and six. The Blue Man Group is number seven (0.77). Rounding out the Vegas top ten areJubilee! (eight, 0.76), “Jersey Boys” (nine, 0.70), and George Wallace (ten, 0.42).

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 11/29/2009

     EventScore
1 Wicked Tickets6.50
2

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets

5.48
3 Lady Gaga Tickets3.73
4 Taylor Swift Tickets2.81
5 Jersey Boys Tickets2.80
6 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets2.63
7 Big 12 Football Championship: Texas Longhorns Tickets1.97
8 Bon Jovi Tickets1.95
9 U2 Tickets1.84
10 SEC Football Championship: Florida Gators Tickets1.81

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 11/29/2009

     EventScore
1 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets14.42
2

Lady Gaga Tickets

9.95
3 Taylor Swift Tickets7.57
4 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets6.82
5 Bon Jovi Tickets5.25
6 U2 Tickets4.95
7 John Mayer Tickets3.93
8 George Strait & Reba McEntire Tickets3.65
9 Jeff Dunham Tickets

2.51
10 Andrea Bocelli Tickets2.35

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 11/29/2009

     EventScore
1 Big 12 Football Championship: Texas Longhorns Tickets

5.33
2 SEC Football Championship: Florida Gators Tickets4.89
3 New York Knicks Tickets2.76
4 Los Angeles Lakers Tickets

2.67
5 Boston Celtics Tickets2.46
6 Dallas Cowboys Tickets2.09
7 WWE Tickets

1.97
8 Minnesota Vikings Tickets1.91
9 New York Rangers Tickets1.63
10 Cleveland Cavaliers Tickets

1.63
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 11/29/2009

     EventScore
1 Wicked Tickets28.75
2 Jersey Boys Tickets12.47
3 Lion King Tickets6.52
4 Billy Elliot Tickets4.85
5 Cirque du Soleil – Wintuk Tickets3.29
6 Mary Poppins Tickets3.18
7 The Nutcracker Tickets3.13
8 The Addams Family Tickets2.28
9 Mamma Mia! Tickets2.06
10 West Side Story Tickets1.92

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 11/29/2009

     EventScore
1 Wicked Tickets29.05
2 Jersey Boys Tickets

12.20
3 Billy Elliot Tickets9.08
4 Lion King Tickets6.68
5 Cirque du Soleil – Wintuk Tickets

6.61
6 West Side Story Tickets3.85
7 A Steady Rain Tickets2.60
8 Mamma Mia! Tickets

2.36
9 South Pacific Tickets2.17
10 Phantom of the Opera Tickets2.16

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 11/29/2009

     EventScore
1 Bette Midler Tickets54.21
2

Cher Tickets

35.52
3 Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets2.53
4 David Copperfield Tickets1.76
5 Jay Leno Tickets1.36
6 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets1.25
7 Blue Man Group Tickets0.77
8 Jubilee! Tickets0.76
9 Jersey Boys Tickets0.70
10 George Wallace Tickets0.42