Theater productions dominated TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings for the week ending Sunday, October 2, with two blockbuster Broadway musicals clinching the top two slots....

Theater productions dominated TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings for the week ending Sunday, October 2, with two blockbuster Broadway musicals clinching the top two slots.

For the sixth week in a row, “Wicked” held on to the top spot in the events rankings, also grabbing No. 1 on the week’s Top Theater list, which includes regional and touring productions. Its main competition in the rankings, the hit musical “The Book of Mormon”, followed in second place overall and grabbed the No. 1 spot in the Broadway-specific rankings. The long-running production of “Lion King”, likely benefiting from the current re-release of the original film in 3D, also ranked high this week at No. 7.

Week 4 of NFL season saw a surprising absence of football teams in the Top Events rankings. The Dallas Cowboys were highest ranking of two teams to make the list this week, finishing at No. 4 overall, sold well enough on the secondary market to take No. 1 in TicketNews’ Top Sports ranking this week. The 2-2 Cowboys are reeling from this weekend’s 34-30 loss to the Detroit Lions in large part due to QB Tony Romo falling apart in the fourth quarter.

Houston Texans were the only other NFL franchise to make the cut this week, coming in at No. 9 overall. The team pulled off an impressive 17-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend.

Rock legends stayed strong on the list this week, with Sting in at No. 5 overall and Bob Seger hanging on at No. 10.

Sting takes his Back to Bass tour, in which he performs with a five-piece backup band, across the U.S. and to some Canadian cities this fall. Strong sales for the songwriter and musician took the tour to No. 2 in this week’s Top Concert rankings, with high ticket demand likely contributing to his decision to add a number of extra dates to already scheduled cities just last week. Also embarking on a fall tour of the states, Seger starts the second leg of his 2011 tour this November at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI, wrapping it up in December at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

A standard on the list at this time of year, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) showed staying power this week, finishing at No. 8 overall. TSO runs two tours simultaneously each holiday season, performing pieces from the band’s popular Christmas-themed albums and other songs.

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Top Combined Events

Week Ending 10/2/2011

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets4.67
2The Book Of Mormon Tickets3.34
3Jeff Dunham Tickets2.67
4Dallas Cowboys Tickets2.08
5Back To Bass Tour: Sting Tickets1.86
6Taylor Swift Tickets1.83
7Lion King Tickets1.68
8Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets1.53
9Houston Texans Tickets1.39
10Bob Seger Tickets1.36

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 10/2/2011

     EventScore
1Jeff Dunham Tickets7.21
2Back To Bass Tour: Sting Tickets5.03
3Taylor Swift Tickets4.95
4Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets4.13
5Bob Seger Tickets3.67
6Euphoria Tour: Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull & Prince Royce Tickets2.54
7Zac Brown Band Tickets2.52
8Elton John Tickets2.51
9Vicente Fernandez Tickets2.23
10Guns N’ Roses Tickets2.21

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 10/2/2011

     EventScore
1Dallas Cowboys Tickets5.45
2Houston Texans Tickets3.64
3ALDS: New York Yankees Tickets3.05
4San Diego Chargers Tickets2.74
5Arizona Cardinals Tickets2.63
6NLDS: Milwaukee Brewers Tickets2.51
7Oakland Raiders Tickets2.45
8Green Bay Packers Tickets2.25
9Chicago Bears Tickets2.24
10Manny Pacquiao Tickets2.13
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 10/2/2011

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets19.67
2The Book Of Mormon Tickets13.89
3Lion King Tickets7.08
4Jersey Boys Tickets5.32
5War Horse Tickets4.11
6Les Miserables Tickets3.54
7Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets2.84
8Cirque Du Soleil – Michael Jackson The Immortal Tickets1.98
9Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets1.98
10Blue Man Group Tickets1.57

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 10/2/2011

     EventScore
1The Book Of Mormon Tickets30.94
2Wicked Tickets12.44
3War Horse Tickets8.87
4Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets4.67
5Jersey Boys Tickets4.42
6Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets4.41
7Cirque Du Soleil – Zarkana Tickets3.47
8Lion King Tickets3.36
9How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Tickets2.86
10Anna Bolena Tickets2.05

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 10/2/2011

     EventScore
1Celine Dion Tickets53.60
2Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets15.53
3America’s Got Talent Tickets9.63
4Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets6.74
5Cirque Du Soleil – Ka Tickets4.20
6David Copperfield Tickets2.15
7Jersey Boys Tickets1.65
8Terry Fator Tickets1.56
9Lion King Tickets1.54
10Le Reve Tickets1.00