Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond made some big moves in TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings for the week ending Sunday, December 11, finishing the week at...

Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond made some big moves in TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings for the week ending Sunday, December 11, finishing the week at No. 2.

This year has been a big one for Diamond, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March and just this month was a 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree. He is currently celebrating the release of a greatest hits compilation spanning the years 1966-2005, marking the first time songs from all four of his labels have been released together.

Diamond is preparing to bump up the high tech a bit during his upcoming concerts, promising audiences that he will make more creative use of visual effects at his shows than ever before. He kicks-off his 2012 summer tour on June 1 in Sunrise, FL, with two prior dates scheduled for Honolulu in February.

While Diamond made a move up the rankings, the two major holiday shows are slowly slipping down the rankings. After finishing as the top event just two weeks ago, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular dropped all the way down to No. 7. Meanwhile, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) fell three spots from its season-high position just two weeks ago, down to No. 6.

In addition to Diamond, other concerts also were able to sell well on the secondary market this week. Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw’s Brothers of the Sun tour does not start until June, which hasn’t stopped demand for tickets from being sky high helping the tour finish at No. 3.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers tour also had strong sales this week, finishing at No. 4. The Peppers are in the midst of wrapping up some European dates before they hit Sunrise, FL, on January 20 to begin U.S. promotion of their current album, “I’m with You.”

After all the match-ups for the 2011-12 college football bowl schedule were announced on Sunday, December 4, only the Cotton Bowl between the Kansas State Wildcats and Arkansas Razorbacks was able to crack the top ten this week. The game, which takes place at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, on January 6, finished at No. 9 in Top Events and No. 1 in the week’s Top Sports Events rankings.

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 Event Power Scores should only be used to compare events within a particular category, and not across categories.

Top Combined Events

Week Ending 12/11/2011

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 5.01
2 Neil Diamond Tickets 4.23
3 Brothers Of The Sun Tour: Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw Tickets 3.55
4 Red Hot Chili Peppers Tickets 3.24
5 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 2.82
6 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets 2.64
7 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 2.55
8 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.89
9 Cotton Bowl: Kansas State Wildcats Tickets 1.51
10 Cirque Du Soleil – Michael Jackson The Immortal Tickets 1.47

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 12/11/2011

      Event Score
1 Neil Diamond Tickets 11.49
2 Brothers Of The Sun Tour: Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw Tickets 9.65
3 Red Hot Chili Peppers Tickets 8.79
4 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets 7.17
5 Lady Antebellum Tickets 2.64
6 Andrea Bocelli Tickets 2.56
7 Watch The Throne Tour: Jay-Z & Kanye West Tickets 2.45
8 The Black Keys & Arctic Monkeys Tickets 2.42
9 Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery Tickets 2.28
10 George Strait & Martina McBride Tickets 2.23

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 12/11/2011

      Event Score
1 Cotton Bowl: Kansas State Wildcats Tickets 4.51
2 BCS National Championship Bowl: LSU Tigers Tickets 3.19
3 New York Knicks Tickets 2.80
4 Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State Seminoles Tickets 2.80
5 Los Angeles Lakers Tickets 2.15
6 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 2.10
7 Capital One Bowl: Nebraska Cornhuskers Tickets 2.06
8 Alamo Bowl: Washington Huskies Tickets 2.02
9 Gator Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes Tickets 1.93
10 Boston Bruins Tickets 1.91
     

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 12/11/2011

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 17.07
2 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 9.24
3 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 8.35
4 Jersey Boys Tickets 6.54
5 Cirque Du Soleil – Michael Jackson The Immortal Tickets 5.11
6 The Lion King Tickets 4.68
7 Les Miserables Tickets 3.33
8 War Horse Tickets 2.78
9 Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway Tickets 2.75
10 Andrea Bocelli Tickets 1.84

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 12/11/2011

      Event Score
1 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 24.52
2 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 18.96
3 Wicked Tickets 9.49
4 Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway Tickets 7.29
5 War Horse Tickets 6.89
6 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets 4.72
7 New York City Ballet: Nutcracker Tickets 3.83
8 The Lion King Tickets 3.28
9 How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Tickets 2.52
10 Jersey Boys Tickets 2.48

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 12/11/2011

      Event Score
1 Celine Dion Tickets 80.24
2 Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets 11.10
3 David Copperfield Tickets 2.24
4 Cirque Du Soleil – Ka Tickets 2.12
5 Terry Fator Tickets 1.19
6 Cirque Du Soleil – Mystere Tickets 0.91
7 Fantasy Tickets 0.35
8 Le Reve Tickets 0.34
9 Cirque Du Soleil – Zumanity Tickets 0.32
10 Blue Man Group Tickets 0.32