Wicked (three, 4.49) gets knocked out of the number one spot in TicketNews’s Top Events rankings, and not by Super Bowl XLIV (two, 4.77)....

Wicked (three, 4.49) gets knocked out of the number one spot in TicketNews’s Top Events rankings, and not by Super Bowl XLIV (two, 4.77). Number one belongs to James Taylor & Carole King, who dominated the overall rankings for the week ending January 24 with an 11.52 power score. Another touring duo, George Strait & Reba McEntire make the overall top ten at number four (3.81). The NFC Championship game with the victorious New Orleans Saints is number five (3.00), followed by Lady Gaga (six, 1.93) and the AFC Championship Game with the Super Bowl-bound Colts (seven, 1.83). Taylor Swift shows up at number eight (1.69), beating out Jersey Boys (nine, 1.42) and John Mayer (ten, 1.57).

Super Bowl XLIV tickets are number one (12.09) in the sports rankings, followed by the aforementioned championship games. The WWE is number four (3.16), edging just ahead of Monster Jam Trucks (five, 3.13). NBA teams making their appearances in the sports top ten include the New York Knicks (six, 2.46), the Cleveland Cavaliers (seven, 2.35), and the NBA All-Star Game. Boxer Manny Pacquiao is number eight (2.03). With the official start of NASCAR around the corner, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Daytona 500 is number ten (1.66).

Besides James Taylor & Carole King, who lead the Top Concert Events rankings with a 26.16 power score, other popular concert tickets include Nickelback (six, 2.81), who break into these January rankings in anticipation of their North American “Dark Horse” tour. Black Eyed Peas are number seven (2.65). Bon Jovi slips from number three in the previous rankings to number eight (2.54). Michael Bublé gains one spot, moving to number nine (2.37) from number ten, while Jay-Z slips to number ten (2.34) from his number four spot in the last rankings.

“Wicked” might not be number one overall, but with a 30.25 power score, the show is number one in the Top Theater Events rankings. Number two belongs to “Jersey Boys” (9.54) and number three to Lion King (6.40). A new show makes the top ten, at number five (3.05): Tyler Perry’s Madea in One Big Happy Family. The musical Phantom of the Opera is still a popular ticket, making number seven (2.87) in these rankings. Mary Poppins is number eight (2.34), followed by Riverdance (nine, 2.25) and Cats (ten, 2.18).

The top ten Broadway events include Billy Elliot (three, 7.51) and A Little Night Music (five, 6.41). The theater classic West Side Story is number seven (2.88), and fellow classic South Pacific is number eight (2.55). Mamma Mia! closes out the Broadway top ten with a 2.09 power score.

Bette Midler stays on top of the Vegas rankings with a 60.60 power score, and Cher still follows with an 18.38 power score. Barry Manilow climbs the rankings, moving from number nine to number three (4.64). Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love is number four (3.75), and is followed by Le Rêve (five, 3.68). Vegas staple Blue Man Group is number seven (1.96), and Criss Angel’s show Believe re-enters the rankings at number eight (1.51), after a hiatus. He outsells fellow illusionist David Copperfield (nine, 0.65) and comedian Rita Rudner (ten, 0.55).

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 01/24/2010

     EventScore
1 James Taylor & Carole King Tickets11.52
2 Super Bowl XLIV: Indianapolis Colts Tickets4.77
3 Wicked Tickets4.49
4 George Strait & Reba McEntire Tickets3.81
5 NFC Championship Game: New Orleans Saints Tickets3.00
6 Lady Gaga Tickets

1.93
7 AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis Colts Tickets1.83
8 Taylor Swift Tickets1.69
9 Jersey Boys Tickets1.42
10 John Mayer Tickets1.28

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 01/24/2010

     EventScore
1 James Taylor & Carole King Tickets26.16
2 George Strait & Reba McEntire Tickets8.65
3 Taylor Swift Tickets

3.84
4 Lady Gaga Tickets3.01
5 John Mayer Tickets2.89
6 Nickelback Tickets

2.81
7 Black Eyed Peas Tickets2.65
8 Bon Jovi Tickets2.54
9 Michael Buble Tickets

2.37
10 Jay-Z Tickets2.35

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 01/24/2010

     EventScore
1 Super Bowl XLIV: Indianapolis Colts Tickets

12.09
2 NFC Championship Game: New Orleans Saints Tickets7.59
3 AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis Colts Tickets4.61
4 WWE Tickets

3.16
5 Monster Jam Trucks Tickets3.13
6 New York Knicks Tickets2.46
7 Cleveland Cavaliers Tickets

2.35
8 Manny Pacquiao Tickets2.03
9 NBA All Star Game Tickets1.89
10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Daytona 500 Tickets

1.66
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 01/24/2010

     EventScore
1 Wicked Tickets30.25
2 Jersey Boys Tickets9.54
3 Lion King Tickets6.40
4 Billy Elliot Tickets3.81
5 Tyler Perry’s Madea In One Big Happy Family Tickets3.05
6 A Little Night Music Tickets3.00
7 Phantom of the Opera Tickets2.87
8 Mary Poppins Tickets2.34
9 Riverdance Tickets2.25
10 Cats Tickets2.18

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 01/24/2010

     EventScore
1 Wicked Tickets27.60
2 Jersey Boys Tickets

12.67
3 Billy Elliot Tickets7.51
4 Lion King Tickets7.19
5 A Little Night Music Tickets

6.41
6 Tyler Perry’s Madea In One Big Happy Family Tickets3.79
7 West Side Story Tickets2.88
8 South Pacific Tickets

2.55
9 Phantom of the Opera Tickets2.19
10 Mamma Mia! Tickets2.09

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 01/24/2010

     EventScore
1 Bette Midler Tickets60.60
2

Cher Tickets

18.38
3 Barry Manilow Tickets4.64
4 Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets3.75
5 Le Reve Tickets3.68
6 Jersey Boys Tickets3.57
7 Blue Man Group Tickets1.96
8 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets1.51
9 David Copperfield Tickets0.65
10 Rita Rudner Tickets0.55