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.
The runner-up, country artist Luke Bryan, has pretty much the same story. He has consistently been one of the top acts at TicketNetwork.com, and the trend of high ticket sales that started in 2012 continued into 2013.
I also took a look at ticket sales by major category: concerts, sports, and theater. Again, there is not a whole lot that is surprising in terms of what appears here. What is interesting, however, is seeing how prominent some of these events were.
First up is concerts. A lot of the top events here already appeared in the overall Top 10, and almost everybody has been a strong performer month-to-month:
For sports, Monster Jam Trucks did the best. Like Ringling Bros. in the overall Top 10, it had very affordable tickets, plus a strong fan base and a lot of events from which to choose.
However, the biggest trend here is the prominence of baseball teams. Indeed, one thing I noticed throughout the year was how consistently well baseball tickets sold. Nearly every week during the season, MLB ticket sales as a whole would do the better than every other category.
Finally, there is theater. Of course, Ringling Bros. and the two major productions, The Book of Mormon and Wicked, sold the most tickets, but another trend to notice is the prominence of Disney on Ice shows. These shows did so well that three of them made the Top 10.
How well did Disney on Ice do? Well, I split them here because they are all different shows, but collectively Disney on Ice would overtake Monster Jam for the second spot in the overall Top 10. These shows were immensely popular in 2013, and as time goes on, I expect they'll remain good bets for families looking to see a show together.
Well, that's it for 2013. Moving on to 2014.
* Rankings and other data are as of 1/6/2013 10:00 a.m. EST. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com. Trademarked terms are the property of their respective owners and are used strictly for descriptive purposes and do not imply an endorsement or partnership. TicketNetwork is an online ticket marketplace and is in no way associated with the trademark owners, artists, teams, or productions mentioned.