For the eighth consecutive week, the hit Broadway musical “Wicked” took top honors in TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings. The production, power scoring a 5.40,...

For the eighth consecutive week, the hit Broadway musical “Wicked” took top honors in TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings. The production, power scoring a 5.40, beat out strong competitors like Justin Bieber (two, 2.38) and the Eagles (four, 2.09), who will resume their three-year “Long Road Out of Eden” tour in Reno, NV this October.

With the NFL in preseason play and Brett Favre announcing his return for another season, his Minnesota Vikings were the highest ranked sports team in this week’s top ten, taking number three and power scoring a 2.26. Both football and baseball teams staked their claims in the top ten this week with the Dallas Cowboys finishing at number five (1.86), the AL East leading New York Yankees at number nine (1.46) and the Boston Red Sox at number 10 (1.39). Bouncing back from poor ticket sales earlier this summer, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato tour made it to number eight in the rankings, power scoring a 1.48.

As in the Top Events rankings, both football and baseball teams populated the week’s Top Sports Events rankings. Topping this week’s list was the Minnesota Vikings (4.90), followed by the Dallas Cowboys (two, 4.02), the Yanks (three, 2.83) and Red Sox (four, 2.72). Favre’s former team, the Green Bay Packers, also made a splash in the rankings coming in at number five (2.27). Sales continue to be robust for Super Bowl XLV, taking the event to number nine (1.67).

This week’s top three concert sellers were Justin Bieber (one, 6.43), the Eagles (two, 5.89) and Lady Gaga (three, 4.50). September’s concerts from Jay-Z and Eminem in their hometowns of New York City (Jay-Z) and Detroit (Eminem) are still hot sellers, hitting at number four (3.61) this week.

Once again, “Wicked” led both the Top Broadway and Top Theater categories, power scoring a 26.03 and 33.84, respectively. Al Pacino’s limited run of “The Merchant of Venice” finished at number three with a power score of 7.82 and opens in October at the Broadhurst Theatre. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes it seasonal hold on the rankings, coming in at number five and power scoring a 4.20. Both “Billy Elliot” and “The Phantom of the Opera” continue to do well, in at numbers seven (3.99) and nine (3.24), respectively.

A number of these same productions joined “Wicked” in the Top Theater rankings. Also ranking high was the popular So You Think You Can Dance tour (four, 4.63) as well as “West Side Story” in at number ten (1.33).

Cher continues to rule the Vegas strip, and the Top Vegas rankings, where she has dominated since the beginning of the year. Her monster power score of 65.32 crushes the competition, including powerhouses like Celine Dion (two, 9.39), who marks her return to the Vegas stage in March of 2011 and is selling strong well ahead of opening night.

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.

Top Combined Events

Week Ending 08/22/2010

     EventScore
1 Wicked Tickets

5.40
2 Justin Bieber Tickets2.38
3 Minnesota Vikings Tickets2.26
4 The Eagles Tickets

2.09
5 Dallas Cowboys Tickets1.86
6 Jersey Boys Tickets1.66
7 Lady Gaga Tickets

1.60
8 Jonas Brothers & Demi Lovato Tickets1.48
9 New York Yankees Tickets1.46
10

Boston Red Sox Tickets

1.39

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 08/22/2010

     EventScore
1 Justin Bieber Tickets6.43
2

The Eagles Tickets

5.89
3 Lady Gaga Tickets4.50
4 Jay-Z & Eminem Tickets3.61
5 Jonas Brothers & Demi Lovato Tickets3.33
6 George Strait & Reba McEntire Tickets3.20
7 Roger Waters Tickets

2.85
8 Dave Matthews Band Tickets2.28
9 Rush Tickets2.14
10 John Mayer Tickets

1.94

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 08/22/2010

     EventScore
1 Minnesota Vikings Tickets4.90
2 Dallas Cowboys Tickets

4.02
3 New York Yankees Tickets2.83
4 Boston Red Sox Tickets2.72
5 Green Bay Packers Tickets

2.27
6 Minnesota Twins Tickets2.23
7 New England Patriots Tickets2.10
8 Texas Longhorns Tickets

1.75
9 Super Bowl XLV Tickets1.67
10 Chicago Blackhawks Tickets1.58
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 08/22/2010

     EventScore
1 Wicked Tickets

33.84
2 Jersey Boys Tickets10.78
3 Phantom of the Opera Tickets6.39
4 So You Think You Can Dance? Tickets

4.63
5 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets4.51
6 Billy Elliot Tickets4.29
7 Lion King Tickets

4.12
8 The Merchant of Venice Tickets2.95
9 Das Rheingold Tickets1.52
10 West Side Story Tickets

1.33

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 08/22/2010

     EventScore
1 Wicked Tickets26.03
2 Jersey Boys Tickets

11.17
3 The Merchant of Venice Tickets7.82
4 Lion King Tickets5.91
5 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets

4.20
6 Das Rheingold Tickets4.04
7 Billy Elliot Tickets3.99
8 The Addams Family Tickets

3.35
9 Phantom of the Opera Tickets3.24
10 Mamma Mia! Tickets2.64

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 08/22/2010

     EventScore
1 Cher Tickets65.32
2

Celine Dion Tickets

9.39
3 Cirque Du Soleil – Viva Elvis Tickets5.36
4 Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets3.80
5 Santana Tickets3.70
6 Donny and Marie Osmond Tickets2.87
7 Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets2.33
8 Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular Tickets2.14
9 Jersey Boys Tickets1.16
10 Blue Man Group Tickets1.13