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:
- Wells Fargo Arena — Philadelphia, PA
- Quicken Loans Arena — Cleveland, OH
- Tampa Bay Times Forum — Tampa, FL
- Prudential Center — Newark, NJ
- Sleep Train Arena — Sacramento, CA
There was one other interesting tidbit I was able to tease out of the data, that almost 40% of TSO tickets were purchased for early afternoon 3pm performances (various shows are scheduled at 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, and 8pm), despite there being more shows scheduled during later times. This is because most, but not all of these shows are scheduled on weekends, and when they're not scheduled on weekends, the shows are mostly on days surrounding Christmas. So, what seems odd at first makes sense: More people attend the shows when they have time off.
It shall be interesting to look back next month and see if these trends hold up when looking at all TSO tickets sold this year.
* Rankings and other data are as of 12/10/2013 10:00 a.m. EST. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.