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Melissa Gilbert injured on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Melissa Gilbert had what the judges called her best performance of the season during Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars” - but it didn’t go off without a hitch. The 47-year-old actress left the show’s Los Angeles studio for the hospital before the end of the live broadcast.

Host Tom Bergeron acknowledged Ms. Gilbert’s injury at the end of the live taping.

Backstage, fellow competitors helped piece together the events.

In the middle of Ms. Gilbert’s paso doble with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, which earned them a cumulative score of 22, she hit her head on the ballroom floor. And though she didn’t let on during the judges’ commentary, dancer Karina Smirnoff told the Hollywood Reporter and other media reps that Ms. Gilbert started complaining of dizziness and of feeling lightheaded. She was so weakened, singer Gavin DeGraw carried her from the stage’s elevated “red room” and out of the studio.

With about 20 minutes left in the episode, Ms. Gilbert was put on a stretcher and taken, by ambulance, to a hospital. Mr. Chmerkovskiy followed her.

Sarah Palin helps ‘Today’ beat ‘GMA,’ Katie Couric

Sarah Palin is largely responsible for the “Today” show repelling the Katie Couric challenge.

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

The rise of “Good Morning America” this spring has threatened one of television’s longest-running streaks: “Today” has not lost a week in the ratings since December 1995. That’s a major point of pride at NBC and important financially, because millions of dollars in advertising could be at stake if there is a changing of the guard in the morning.

Smelling a victory, ABC brought Ms. Couric, a former “Today” anchor, in as a guest host last week for vacationing Robin Roberts. “Today” countered by bringing in Mrs. Palin, a former Alaska governor and U.S. vice-presidential candidate, as a guest host on Tuesday, and it had host Matt Lauer announce Friday that he was signing a new contract.

Third time slot the charm for NBC’s ‘Rock Center’?

Brian Williams’ “Rock Center” newsmagazine moves this week to its third time slot in less than six months.

NBC insists the show is in no danger of cancellation despite low ratings.

“Rock Center” will air at 9 p.m. Wednesdays, an hour earlier than it had been airing. From the show’s Halloween premiere through the end of January, it was shown on Monday nights.

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