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.
As I noted last month, timing is everything. With a full month advantage this time around, the One Direction ticket sales tallied up quickly and nobody else even had a chance.
It is the first time since last September that 1D has held the #1 spot. Although that may seem strange at first, remember that this is the band that started selling tickets for 2013 before they even started touring in 2012. One Direction fans do not wait, and 2012 was one of those odd years where ticket sales were so early that it was a long time before they picked back up again. The greatest chunk of tickets usually sells on the onsale date, anyway, and this past December was no different.
The time has finally come: Trans-Siberian Orchestra has taken the #1 spot in the TicketNetwork.com Top 10. Unlike last November, when its chance was shot down by an 11th hour (pun intended) entrance by Taylor Swift, TSO had no real competition this time around. It could have potentially been toppled if the One Direction tour had been announced a week earlier, but timing was everything last month.
So, too, is the fact the TSO has so many events. Only an extremely popular act can come close, but only if they have enough events going on sale. George Strait also did well last month, but only had a couple events on sale.
With a tour like TSO's, it's a little difficult to judge how one specific show does compared to the rest, and indeed no one specific show stands out for November. What I can write about is what venues did the best overall, and in this case there is a clear winner: Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, PA (on a side note, it seems to be Philly's week). In a distant second was Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Here are the top five venues:
If you're going to go big, make sure to do it convincingly. That's the trend we're seeing for last month's TicketNetwork.com Top Ten, as ticket sales for the final dates of George Strait's "Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour far outstripped any other event at TicketNetwork.com.
This shouldn't surprise anyone too much. After all, we've known that the final dates are in 2014 for a little over a year, and on October 24 speculation arose that Strait's final tour date will be on June 7. So now is the time to get your tickets if you want to see him before he hangs up his hat for good, and fans have indeed responded to impending final dates in a big way.
The tour dates with the most ticket sales last month included the January 17 show with Eric Church, the February 7 show with Martina McBride, the February 15 date with Little Big Town, the April 5 show with Lee Ann Womack and Merle Haggard, and the February 28 date with McBride.
* Rankings and other data are as of 11/4/2013 3:00 p.m. EST. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.
In the last Top 10 in mid-September, it seemed that the Ringling Bros. Circus was heading for a third month at the top. Well, I can now report that that has indeed happened! This makes Ringling the first event to top the list for three months in a row since this series was started.
Last month I noted that it was Ringling's affordable tickets that was keeping it at the top, but what does that mean exactly? Well, the success of any event is based on demand for the tickets plus pricing them at a level ticket buyers are willing to pay. In September, the overall average selling price for Ringling Bros. tickets listed on TicketNetwork.com was $41. Between all the cities on the Ringling tour, average prices were mostly in the $30 range.