Theater returned to the top of TicketNews’ exclusive Top Events rankings for the week ending October 30, with an especially strong showing by this...

Theater returned to the top of TicketNews’ exclusive Top Events rankings for the week ending October 30, with an especially strong showing by this season’s holiday-themed shows.

Broadway’s long-running hit musical “Wicked” took the No. 1 spot in the combined event rankings this week. “Wicked” was followed closely by its primary competition on the Great White Way, “The Book of Mormon,” which concluded the week ending October 30 in second place overall.

Though Broadway’s top performers battle it out each week atop the rankings, they were not the only theater entries in the October 30 combined rankings. In fact, live theater took five slots in the week’s Top 10, with perennial favorites “Jersey Boys” and “The Lion King” earning eighth and ninth place, respectively.

Holiday-themed theater also performed well on the secondary market last week, with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular ranking high at No. 3. The show not only plays every year to sell out crowds at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, but also takes its festivities on the road with a touring company. The production visits audiences across the country each holiday season, and includes markets like Boston, MA, and Nashville, TN, on its 2011 itinerary.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) and its holiday-themed concerts also continue to draw audiences, this week finishing at No. 5 in the rankings. To date, over eight million fans have seen the progressive rock group’s Winter Tour, which is performed by two separate touring companies each holiday season.

A surprisingly low number of sports entries made it to the list this week, with only two breaking through to finish in the Top 10. The higher ranking of the two, World Series tickets for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers, came in at No. 7. The Cards ultimately won the Commissioner’s Trophy on October 28 after a nail-biting, seven-game series.

With anticipation building for Manny Pacquiao‘s November 12 bout with Juan Manuel Márquez, ticket sales for the eight-division world champ took the event to No. 10 in this week’s combined rankings.

The two have met twice before, with controversy surrounding their 2004 draw in the face of three knockdowns by Pacquiao. Their last match in 2008 ended in a split decision favoring Pacquiao, who scored one knockdown on Márquez in that fight. The MGM Grand Garden Arena hosts the upcoming match, though Mandalay Bay will offer closed-circuit viewing of the event.

TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales from the TicketNetwork 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 10/30/2011

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 4.67
2 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 4.24
3 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 2.63
4 Bob Seger Tickets 2.57
5 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets 2.47
6 Watch The Throne Tour: Jay-Z & Kanye West Tickets 2.01
7 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals Tickets 1.98
8 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.63
9 The Lion King Tickets 1.42
10 Manny Pacquiao Tickets 1.24

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 10/30/2011

      Event Score
1 Bob Seger Tickets 7.09
2 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets 6.81
3 Watch The Throne Tour: Jay-Z & Kanye West Tickets 5.55
4 Jeff Dunham Tickets 3.13
5 Taylor Swift Tickets 3.04
6 George Strait & Martina McBride Tickets 2.24
7 Q102 Jingle Ball: Kelly Clarkson, LMFAO, Avril Lavigne Tickets 2.20
8 Celine Dion Tickets 2.19
9 Back To Bass Tour: Sting Tickets 2.14
10 Guns N’ Roses Tickets 2.06

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 10/30/2011

      Event Score
1 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals Tickets 5.82
2 Manny Pacquiao Tickets 3.65
3 San Francisco 49ers Tickets 3.24
4 San Diego Chargers Tickets 3.12
5 Kansas City Chiefs Tickets 3.07
6 New York Rangers Tickets 2.87
7 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 2.84
8 World Series: Texas Rangers Tickets 2.16
9 Toronto Maple Leafs Tickets 2.16
10 Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets 1.82
     

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 10/30/2011

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 16.23
2 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 14.71
3 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 9.12
4 Jersey Boys Tickets 5.65
5 The Lion King Tickets 4.92
6 War Horse Tickets 3.74
7 Cirque Du Soleil – Michael Jackson The Immortal Tickets 3.23
8 Les Miserables Tickets 2.54
9 Andrea Bocelli Tickets 2.18
10 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets 1.89

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 10/30/2011

      Event Score
1 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 31.67
2 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 15.36
3 Wicked Tickets 11.91
4 War Horse Tickets 7.78
5 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets 4.07
6 Jersey Boys Tickets 3.99
7 Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway Tickets 3.25
8 How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Tickets 3.16
9 The Lion King Tickets 2.77
10 Phantom Of The Opera Tickets 1.04

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 10/30/2011

      Event Score
1 Celine Dion Tickets 74.53
2 Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets 11.31
3 Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets 3.45
4 David Copperfield Tickets 2.48
5 Cirque Du Soleil – Ka Tickets 1.98
6 America’s Got Talent Tickets 1.81
7 Blue Man Group Tickets 1.40
8 Cirque Du Soleil – Zumanity Tickets 0.86
9 Barry Manilow Tickets 0.52
10 The Rat Pack Is Back Tickets 0.44