In Week 2 of the NFL season, football teams continued to make a strong showing in TicketNews’ Top Events rankings, but it was live...

In Week 2 of the NFL season, football teams continued to make a strong showing in TicketNews’ Top Events rankings, but it was live performances that took the top spots this week.

With just a few months until Christmas, holiday fan favorites the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) performed well in the week’s rankings, holding No. 2 in Top Events and retaining a No. 1 spot in TicketNews’ Concert rankings for two weeks running. The two touring groups, backed by full orchestras, are gearing up for their fall/winter tours of the U.S. plus Toronto, ON, performing a narrative version of the album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” in addition to other works. The multimedia extravaganzas that are TSO concerts, complete with lasers, synchronized light shows and pyrotechnics, have made them very popular with fans and also have led to critical acclaim.

Live theater also ranked high this week, with Wicked taking the top spot in the Events rankings and this week’s Top Theater rankings, and The Book of Mormon at number three in Events and dominating the week’s Top Broadway rankings.

The top ranking of four NFL teams to make the Top Events list this week was the San Francisco 49ers at No.7. Despite this enthusiastic fan response, the 49ers squandered a chance this weekend to beat the Dallas Cowboys and make a 2-0 start, instead losing in overtime after blowing a 10 point fourth quarter lead. The 49ers were followed in the rankings by the remaining three teams to finish in the top ten, the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.

Hugh Jackman makes a return to Broadway in late October with the appropriately titled revue, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway. The show, debuting in this week’s Top Broadway rankings at number six and in the Top Theater rankings at number ten, is a reincarnation of “Hugh Jackman in Concert”, which previously played limited engagements in Toronto and San Francisco. The show begins previews on October 25 and opens on November 10 for a ten week run.

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Top Combined Events

Week Ending 9/18/2011

1Wicked Tickets3.76
2Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets2.79
3The Book Of Mormon Tickets2.65
4Jersey Boys Tickets1.69
5Taylor Swift Tickets1.69
6Lion King Tickets1.46
7San Francisco 49ers Tickets1.39
8Washington Redskins Tickets1.17
9Atlanta Falcons Tickets1.16
10New England Patriots Tickets1.03

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 9/18/2011

1Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets7.62
2Taylor Swift Tickets4.61
3Journey, Foreigner & Night Ranger Tickets2.25
4Bob Seger Tickets2.17
5Marc Anthony Tickets2.10
6Chris Brown, T-Pain, Kelly Rowland & Tyga Tickets2.08
7Jimmy Buffett Tickets1.74
8Adele Tickets1.73
9Euphoria Tour: Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull & Prince Royce Tickets1.70
10Bridge School Benefit Tickets1.60

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 9/18/2011

1San Francisco 49ers Tickets3.47
2Washington Redskins Tickets2.92
3Atlanta Falcons Tickets2.91
4New England Patriots Tickets2.57
5Miami Dolphins Tickets2.21
6New York Jets Tickets2.20
7Dallas Cowboys Tickets2.20
8Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets2.18
9Carolina Panthers Tickets2.17
10Floyd Mayweather Jr Tickets2.15

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 9/18/2011

1Wicked Tickets17.61
2The Book Of Mormon Tickets12.28
3Jersey Boys Tickets7.99
4Lion King Tickets6.89
5War Horse Tickets4.22
6Les Miserables Tickets3.53
7Cirque Du Soleil – Michael Jackson The Immortal Tickets3.19
8Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets2.43
9Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets2.32
10Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway Tickets2.08

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 9/18/2011

1The Book Of Mormon Tickets30.57
2War Horse Tickets10.38
3Wicked Tickets10.37
4Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets5.77
5Jersey Boys Tickets5.22
6Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway Tickets5.17
7Cirque Du Soleil – Zarkana Tickets5.09
8Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets4.02
9How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Tickets3.31
10Phantom Of The Opera Tickets2.10

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 9/18/2011

1Celine Dion Tickets43.55
2America’s Got Talent Tickets36.58
3Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets7.49
4Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets3.27
5David Copperfield Tickets2.41
6Jersey Boys Tickets2.24
7Terry Fator Tickets1.10
8Cirque Du Soleil – Zumanity Tickets0.87
9Le Reve Tickets0.86
10Cirque Du Soleil – Ka Tickets0.49