In the great 2012 battle of the morning show guest hosts, Sarah Palin has edged out Katie Couric in the ratings.

Couric, the former anchor of Today, was a guest host on ABC’s Good Morning America, while the former Alaska governor, who famously sparred with Couric in an interview during her run for the vice presidency, was on NBC’s Today.

Early numbers have usual victor Today delivering 5.5 million total viewers, and GMA at 5.1 million viewers. Today might have been helped by Ryan Seacrest tweeting he was going to make a big announcement on the show, though the appearance was delayed. Still, Today beat GMA to a slightly larger degree than it had on Monday, which marked Couric’s first day guest hosting the show.

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