Well, it happened. Ample ticket sales at TN.com allowed the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus to once again claim the top spot on this list. When combined with the last three-month period from July to September, and last March, that gives Ringling a full half year at the top.
As I've mentioned in previous months, it isn't that the other events have done poorly. They've done very well, and in particular the Kiss & Def Leppard and the Eminem & Rihanna tours were neck and neck for the second position. It's just that so many more Ringling Bros. tickets were sold during March.
It is possible things will change in April. Last year, Paul McCartney displaced Ringling Bros. during April, and wouldn't you know, he's plotting more dates this year. Maybe we'll see him claim the top spot again?
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I'm beginning to feel a bit like a broken record, but the Ringling Bros. Circus just does that well when it's on fire, as does Monster Jam. Indeed, those two events dominated the ticket sales landscape for yet another month. For Ringling, it's the fifth time in the top spot in the last seven months, and this month's lead was quite convincing, leaving everyone else in the dust. Maybe it'll go for another streak of three, but we'll have to wait until next month to find out.
I'm more interested in discussing Bruno Mars. Sales for his tour's tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com were close to rivaling Monster Jam. Had some things been different, he might be in the second spot. Still, ticket sales for these shows did extremely well, which is why he got the third spot.
Hey, Ringling Bros. is #1 in the Top 10 again! That's four times in the last six months it has held the top spot. It would have had an overwhelming lead as well, if it weren't for Monster Jam, which was almost at the top but couldn't quite make it.
These two events show up in the top spots so often because, other than being popular in their own right, tickets are typically low-priced and many shows are available. In the case of January, the Ringling Bros. circus had a boost in ticket sales for events in Miami, FL; Charlotte, NC; Nashville, TN; and Birmingham, AL. Though Miami was the city with the most tickets sold, the biggest single event was the January 25 show in Nashville.
The opposite was true of Monster Jam, which saw big sales for events in Houston, TX; Anaheim, CA; Tampa, FL; and Atlanta, GA. The biggest seller was the January 18 show in Houston.
Out with the old and in with the new. We're another year down, and it's just about time to look ahead to the coming months. However, as we settle into 2014, let's take a moment to see what happened in terms of ticket sales at TicketNetwork.com in 2013.
As it turns out, for me at least, there are few surprises in the overall Top 10 list:
Indeed, this list looks very familiar for anybody who has followed the monthly Top 10 lists over the past year. First, thanks to some very affordable tickets, and a never-dampening enthusiasm for its popular circus show, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus has the top spot in the overall Top 10. Earlier this year, the show spent three straight months in the number spot. It was also #1 in March. Even when it wasn't number one, it was almost always near the top, usually in the second position.
For a second month, the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus is at the top of the list. If you're not keeping track, the last time this happened was with Monster Jam Trucks in January and February. Before that it was with Taylor Swift in November and December.
Ringling Bros. in doing very well indeed thanks to plenty of affordable tickets, and its heyday might not be over. For the first time since I started reporting all of the Top 10 events for August 2012, it seems very possible that a non-concert, sport, or theater event will claim the top spot a third time in a row. It's not a guarantee, just a possibility. However, I think there's some evidence for it. There are a couple reasons it could happen:
- Ringling Bros. is already in the top spot (just barely). It's challenged by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but sales for TSO could potentially slow down after initial onsales are complete. Last year TSO made the list in September, but didn't get near the top until November.
- Other than TSO, there is no other strong contender. Luke Bryan's tour ends in October, so sales will naturally slow down as that wraps up. The same is true of Jason Aldean, who came in a distant third this month.
Ultimately, only time will tell, so come back next month for the results!
* Rankings and other data are as of 9/18/2013 1:30 p.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.