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

1Wicked Tickets4.67
2The Book Of Mormon Tickets4.24
3Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets2.63
4Bob Seger Tickets2.57
5Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets2.47
6Watch The Throne Tour: Jay-Z & Kanye West Tickets2.01
7World Series: St. Louis Cardinals Tickets1.98
8Jersey Boys Tickets1.63
9The Lion King Tickets1.42
10Manny Pacquiao Tickets1.24

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 10/30/2011

1Bob Seger Tickets7.09
2Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets6.81
3Watch The Throne Tour: Jay-Z & Kanye West Tickets5.55
4Jeff Dunham Tickets3.13
5Taylor Swift Tickets3.04
6George Strait & Martina McBride Tickets2.24
7Q102 Jingle Ball: Kelly Clarkson, LMFAO, Avril Lavigne Tickets2.20
8Celine Dion Tickets2.19
9Back To Bass Tour: Sting Tickets2.14
10 Guns N’ Roses Tickets2.06

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 10/30/2011

1World Series: St. Louis Cardinals Tickets5.82
2Manny Pacquiao Tickets3.65
3San Francisco 49ers Tickets3.24
4San Diego Chargers Tickets3.12
5Kansas City Chiefs Tickets3.07
6New York Rangers Tickets2.87
7Dallas Cowboys Tickets2.84
8World Series: Texas Rangers Tickets2.16
9Toronto Maple Leafs Tickets2.16
10Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets1.82

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 10/30/2011

1Wicked Tickets16.23
2The Book Of Mormon Tickets14.71
3Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets9.12
4Jersey Boys Tickets5.65
5The Lion King Tickets4.92
6War Horse Tickets3.74
7 Cirque Du Soleil – Michael Jackson The Immortal Tickets3.23
8Les Miserables Tickets2.54
9Andrea Bocelli Tickets2.18
10Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets1.89

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 10/30/2011

1The Book Of Mormon Tickets31.67
2Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets15.36
3Wicked Tickets11.91
4War Horse Tickets7.78
5Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets4.07
6Jersey Boys Tickets3.99
7Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway Tickets3.25
8How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Tickets3.16
9The Lion King Tickets2.77
10Phantom Of The Opera Tickets1.04

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 10/30/2011

1Celine Dion Tickets74.53
2Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets11.31
3Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets3.45
4David Copperfield Tickets2.48
5Cirque Du Soleil – Ka Tickets1.98
6America’s Got Talent Tickets1.81
7Blue Man Group Tickets1.40
8Cirque Du Soleil – Zumanity Tickets0.86
9Barry Manilow Tickets0.52
10 The Rat Pack Is Back Tickets0.44