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Palin helps 'Today' repel the Couric challenge
With Palin, NBC's 'Today' show widens gap over ABC's 'GMA' despite challenge from Couric
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Former Alaska governor and U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (PAY'-lihn) is largely responsible for the "Today" show repelling the Katie Couric challenge.

The Nielsen ratings company said Monday that NBC's morning show beat ABC's "Good Morning America" in the ratings last week by a margin of 210,000 viewers. That's one week after the gap between the two shows shrank to 119,000, the smallest in seven years.

Smelling a victory, ABC brought former "Today" show anchor Couric in as a guest host last week. But the "Today" show countered on Tuesday with Palin, who holds a grudge against Couric for an interview that didn't go well in the 2008 presidential race.

Two weeks ago, "Good Morning America" beat the "Today" show on Tuesday. But Palin turned that around emphatically.

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