City Room Heath Ledger Post: 1.78 Million Page Views

The City Room’s post authored by Sewell Chan on the death of Heath Ledger has reached 1.78 million page views, a spokeswoman said. The Times can’t confirm whether it’s an all-time record for a blog post, but it’s probably awfully close. Editor Jonathan Landman wrote in an e-mail this morning:

By the end of the evening, the blog post on Ledger had collected more than 1.5 million page views. That’s a little less than City Room – a very popular blog even at slow times – gets in a normal month. A number roughly equal to the Sunday circulation of the print paper. A lot of traffic.

That email was time-stamped at 3:08 a.m. In the 13 hours since, the traffic has only increased, even though the story was last updated at 10:17 p.m. on Tuesday.