Bestseller Stat Shot

Two publishing heavyweights debuted on top of their respective lists this week, with Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep (Scribner) and Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s Killing Jesus (Holt) each racking up six-figure hardcover unit sales. Both have pedigrees—Sleep is the sequel to King’s classic The Shining, and Jesus is the third of O’Reilly’s reliably bestselling pop-history books—and each is off to the strongest start its author has seen in years. Here’s a breakdown of how King’s and O’Reilly’s recent books have done in their first weeks. (For simplicity’s sake, we’re looking only at King’s full-length novels and O’Reilly’s adult titles.)

Doctor Sleep (2013) 133,823 Killing Jesus (2013) 129,989
Joyland (2013) 74,583 Keep It Pithy (2013) 10,902
The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012) 58,766 Killing Kennedy (2012) 117,168
11/22/63 (2011) 83,811 Killing Lincoln (2011) 61,836
Under the Dome (2009) 128,160 Pinheads and Patriots (2010) 30,909

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