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.