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Katie Couric's 'Good Morning America' beats 'Today'

April 5, 2012 |  5:40 pm

Katie Couric was a "Today" fixture for 17 years. Now she's beaten them in the ratings.

Couric, guest-hosting at "Good Morning America" this week, led the ABC show to a rare victory over NBC's "Today" on Wednesday. "GMA" drew 5.2 million total viewers, compared with 5.1 million for "Today."

The morning shows have been getting plenty of attention this week, with Couric's face-off against guest host Sarah Palin on Tuesday's "Today" being treated like some sort of cage match. ("Today" won that round, 5.5 million vs. 5.1 million.)

But in fact, "GMA" is on a major roll even without Couric. The program has been the runner-up to "Today" for years but has been narrowing the margin in recent months. "GMA" won two days each last week and the week before as well, battling down to the smallest weekly gap against its archrival in seven years.

What have you thought of Couric on "GMA" this week?


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Photo: Katie Couric, second from left, with the cast of ABC's "Good Morning America." Credit: Ida Mae Astute/Associated Press.