WWE Tops Ticket Sales For November

TicketsNow issued the following press release yesterday:


Dancing with the Stars and High School Musical challenge Wicked s #1 spot overall

Chicago, December 7, 2006 Fan favorite World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) crashed onto the TicketsNow Entertainment Index, slamming all other sporting events in November. The wildly popular organization, led by superstars like John Cena, Batista, and Triple H, landed the #1 spot in the Sports category with 3.3% of ticket sales.

On the musical entertainment side, Dancing with the Stars, the tour based on the popular television show, and newcomer High School Musical The Concert both challenged the consistently popular Wicked for the #1 Overall spot; each garnered an impressive 3.8% of all sales on the site. The holiday classic Radio City Christmas Spectacular came in at #4 Overall with 3.4% of sales.

Professional wrestling has entertained generations of fans and the WWE has been a driving force in the industry. According to our Index, it continues to be one of the most popular entertainment events in sports, says Mike Stein, Senior Vice President, Marketing for TicketsNow. Dancing with the Stars and High School Musical have shown that their television success translates very well onto the stage. These live productions provide fans the opportunity to be a part of the experience.

The Buffalo Sabres, the hottest team in hockey, have made their highest ranking in the Sports category at #5 and represent the top NHL team on the November Index with 2.3% of sales. The New York Rangers were the next highest-selling NHL team at #9 with 2%. The NFL also made a strong showing in second, third, and seventh place with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, and Baltimore Ravens, who accounted for 3.1%, 2.7%, and 2% of sales respectively. The NBA rounds out the top 10 with the Miami Heat at #4 with 2.3% of sports ticket sales, Los Angeles Lakers at #6 with 2.2%, Cleveland Cavaliers at #8 with 2%, and Chicago Bulls at #10 with 1.8%.

Top November Events Overall:

1. Wicked
2. High School Musical The Concert
3. Dancing with the Stars
4. Radio City Christmas Spectacular
5. The Cheetah Girls
6. Bob Seger
7. The Lion King
8. Mary Poppins
9. Josh Groban
10. Jersey Boys

Top November Sports Ticket Sales:

1. WWE World Wrestling Entertainment
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Dallas Cowboys
4. Miami Heat
5. Buffalo Sabres

Top November Concert Ticket Sales:

1. High School Musical The Concert
2. The Cheetah Girls
3. Bob Seger
4. Josh Groban
5. Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Top November Theater Sales"

1. Wicked
2. Dancing with the Stars
3. Radio City Christmas Spectacular
4. The Lion King
5. Mary Poppins

About the TicketsNow Entertainment Index:

The TicketsNow Entertainment Index tracks proprietary secondary ticket sales on a monthly basis to provide a snapshot of entertainment trends for sports, music, and theater events nationwide.

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