Whatever you may think of the Washington Post’s series on the murder of Chandra Levy, please know this: It is driving wonderful amounts of traffic for washingtonpost.com.

According to an informed source, the pageviews are in the same ballpark as those that flocked to the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning Post series on the dark maneuvering of Vice President Dick Cheney, and they’re even surpassing the numbers for the paper’s first Walter Reed series, another Pulitzer winner from last year.

The paper doesn’t part with pageview numbers for specific stories or series.

Says outgoing Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr.: “Traffic’s very high, and everything that I hear from neighbors, friends of friends, and people who are not in the business—-people who are not in politics—-is that ordinary readers are following this very closely.”