By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 26, 2013 at 3:10PM
The New Testament is trending. Following on the heels of the History Channel's mighty ratings hit "The Bible," which attracted 12 million viewers over its first two Sunday airings, the National Geographic Channel is again partnering with Ridley Scott and Bill O'Reilly for the TV personality-author's recently announced book "Killing Jesus: A History," which he co-wrote with Martin Dugard. The Tom Hanks-narrated Nat Geo adaptation of O'Reilly's bestseller "Killing Lincoln" broke the network's records, drawing 3.4 million viewers in February.
The March 25 announcement came as Nat Geo is in pre-production on O'Reilly's "Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot," which is scheduled to air later this year.
O'Reilly stated that "Jesus is the most famous person that has ever lived -- and is worshipped today by more than 2.2 billion people."
If the "Lincoln" installment is any indication, Nat Geo's swift nabbing of O'Reilly's "Killing" series will continue to make a killing in ratings.