The commercial verdict is in on this year's American Idol tour, and in a word, it would be "smash." Thanks to USA Today and Billboard, we have the official statistics for you, and here's the summary:
- Total gross: $35.2 million on 59 dates
- Total attendance: 645,782
- Total sellouts: 19 (32 percent of the shows)
- Percentage of seats sold, overall: 96 percent
- Top-grossing show: New York (East Rutherford, N.J.), about $890,000 each for two shows, July 13 and 14
- Top attendance: Greensboro, N.C., 15,337, July 30
- Lowest percentage of seats sold: Austin, 80 percent, September 10
Industry insiders predict that the tour, led by winner Taylor Hicks and runner-up Katherine McPhee, could be among the top 10 of the year, even without the high ticket prices that Madonna and other top individual acts command (the top ticket price for the American Idol tour was $72.50, but only at several venues).
We don't have the equivalent results for previous tours at our fingertips (please post them in a comment if you do), but we'd be surprised if this weren't the most successful American Idol tour yet. Which isn't that surprising, since it featured contestants such as Elliott Yamin and Chris Daughtry -- who weren't even among the final pairing.