With the NFL playoff season in full swing, NFL teams made an impressive showing in TicketNews’s Top Events rankings, most notably the Dallas Cowboys, who rise to number three (3.19) from their number eighteen position in the previous rankings. The Cowboys rank behind Wicked (5.66) and Lady Gaga (4.81), who hold onto their number one and two positions for the second week in a row. The Minnesota Vikings are number five (2.79), behind Taylor Swift (2.83). Theater favorite Jersey Boys slips from number three in the last rankings to number six (2.63), but still beat George Strait & Reba McEntire (seven, 2.53). New to the overall top ten was Monster Jam Trucks, at number eight (1.69). John Mayer breaks into the top ten at number nine (1.58), and Bon Jovi is number ten (1.57).
The Cowboys (7.20) and Vikings (6.38) are of course numbers one and two in the sports rankings; Super Bowl XLIV makes number four (3.47), but is outsold by Monster Jam Trucks (three, 3.78). The NFC Wildcard with the Arizona Cardinals (five, 3.08) was a more popular ticket than the AFC Wildcard Playoffs with the New England Patriots (seven, 2.71) and the AFC Divisional Playoffs with the San Diego Chargers (eight, 2.63). The New York Knicks penetrate the NFL-dominant rankings and make number six (2.80). Closing out the sports rankings was the BCS National Championship Game featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide (ten, 1.97).
Lady Gaga presides over the Top Concert Events with a 13.03 power score. In addition to Taylor Swift (two, 7.13) and George Strait & Reba McIntire (three, 6.29), Michael Bublé has a popular concert ticket, good enough to give him the number four spot (5.05). Black Eyed Peas leap from number nine in the last rankings to number five (3.89) in these. Bon Jovi is number seven (3.53), and Carrie Underwood is number eight (3.04). And breaking back into the concert top ten after a hiatus are Mariah Carey (nine, 2.81) and U2 (ten, 2.45).
“Wicked” (30.71), “Jersey Boys” (13.71), and Lion King (5.53) head the Top Theater Events rankings, followed by theater favorites like Phantom of the Opera (five, 3.17), Mary Poppins (seven, 2.69), and South Pacific (eight, 2.05). Two other theater classics debut in the rankings: Riverdance (nine, 1.85) and Cats (ten, 1.64).
Billy Elliot (9.10) replaces “Lion King” in the Broadway rankings for the number three spot, behind “Wicked” (30.70) and “Jersey Boys” (16.00). On the Great White Way, A Little Night Music (four, 5.80) and Carmen (six, 3.39) hold sway, as does West Side Story (eight, 2.26). Tyler Perry’s Madea in One Big Happy Family outsells the Phantom of the Opera for the number nine spot, power score 2.21.
Bette Midler has a big lead in Vegas with her 68.81 power score versus number-two Cher’s 19.40 power score. David Copperfield is number three (3.51), outselling fellow illusionist Criss Angel (five, 1.87). Jay Leno stays at number six (1.02) and Le Rêve moves to number seven (0.78) from number ten in the last rankings. Rita Rudner falls from her previously held number four spot to number eight (0.74). And in number ten, the Blue Man Group, 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.