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Bob Costas Joins CNN as Contributor. Costas joins CNN as live sports prepare to return after more than four months off-air due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball will return to play on Thursday, with the NBA set to return next week and the NFL expecting to kick off in September. Longtime NBC Olympics host Bob Costas is joining CNN as a contributor to discuss news and issues related to sports. "Bob Costas is a legendary, respected voice across the spectrum of sports and beyond," said CNN president and WarnerMedia news and sports chairman Jeff Zucker, who worked with Costas at NBC, in a statement. "As the world continues to change amid the coronavirus pandemic, we are confident that Bob's insightful analysis will help our viewers better understand what the future holds as the sports and teams we love evolve to meet this moment." Costas joins CNN as live sports prepare to return after more than four months off-air due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball will return to play on Thursday, with the NBA set to return next week and the NFL expecting to kick off in September. The returns will be complicated, with coronavirus-inspired safety precautions, and political, with the NBA expecting to address social justice issues alongside its games. Costas, a 28-time Emmy winner, served as a play-by-play announcer or studio. host for NBC's coverage of baseball, basketball, football, golf, NASCAR, horse racing, boxing and other sports, but was best known for being the primetime host for the network's Olympics coverage, beginning in 1988 winter games in Seoul and running through the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Costas left NBC's Olympics coverage in 2017, handing over primetime coverage to Mike Tirico, and left NBC altogether in 2019. Costas also hosted a late-night talk show for NBC, Later with Bob Costas. In addition to NBC, Costas has been a play-by-play announcer and studio host for MLB Network since 2009, and before that hosted a number of shows for HBO, including talk shows Costas Now and Inside the NFL. Costas is the only on-air talent to win Emmys for news (for his hard-hitting and news making 2011 interview with Penn State's Jerry Sandusky), sports and entertainment (for his NBC late-night show). (Hollywood Reporter)
TV Ratings: 'Celebrity Family Feud' Tops Rerun-Filled Sunday. The broadcast networks pretty much take the evening off. The broadcast networks essentially took Sunday night off, with reruns up and down the schedule. A repeat of Celebrity Family Feud on ABC led the primetime rankings among adults 18-49, and a golf telecast that bled into the evening hours topped the total-viewer chart. Celebrity Family Feud's 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 led the broadcast slate in primetime, and it brought in 4.12 million viewers. Reruns of Press Your Luck and Match Game each came in at 0.4 in the demo, averaging about 2.8 million viewers apiece. CBS' coverage of the Memorial golf tournament took up most of the first hour of primetime in the eastern half of the country. It averaged 5.25 million viewers (pending updates for the live telecast) along with a 0.5 in the 18-49 demographic. The only "original" show on the broadcast networks was NBC's re-airing of USA's Cannonball. It brought in 2.2 million viewers, up from last week's 1.9 million, and a 0.3 in adults 18-49 (vs. 0.4 a week ago). ABC led the 18-49 standings in primetime with a 0.5 rating. CBS and NBC tied at 0.3, pending updates for the former. Fox averaged 0.2 with a night of reruns, and The CW drew a 0.1. (Hollywood Reporter)