September 13, 2012 |
Sportscaster Bob Costas was mostly happy with the way NBC handled the 2012 London Summer Olympics, but during an appearance on "Conan" on Wednesday night, he couldn't help but express his irritation at one major programming choice. "I thought were doing well headed to the finish line," Costas told host Conan O'Brien about the coverage. "We get right to the end of the closing ceremony. They extinguish the flame. And the final act in a closing ceremony that had iconic British pop acts ... the final act is the Who. And NBC decides at that moment that they should provide America with a sneak preview of "Animal Practice" and come back an hour later and have the Who. " O'Brien, no fan of NBC himself, urged Costas to go on, which Costas obliged.
February 17, 2014 |
NBC's prime-time Sochi Olympics ratings have failed to achieve the same high levels as four years ago when the games were held in a compatible time zone in Vancouver, Canada. The nine- to 12-hour time difference between Sochi, Russia, and the U.S. have tamped down audience levels, in part, because most viewers know the outcome of key competitions long before NBC's prime-time broadcasts begin. On Sunday night, NBC attracted 21.3 million viewers for its prime-time program, which showcased the breakout performance of American ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis. Sunday's audience totals represented an 8% decline from the same night during the Vancouver Olympics, when many of the contests aired live.
February 11, 2014 |
Bob Costas' eye infection that has been causing American Olympics viewers much discomfort while watching NBC's coverage of the Games has finally sent the sportscaster back to the bench. Costas will be sitting out NBC's primetime and late-night coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, while he recovers from the infection that was just in his left eye when the Olympics began, but has now spread to both eyes. "Today" host Matt Lauer will be filling in for Costas, who has been told to rest (and give some relief to viewers who were complaining about Costas' uncomfortable look on social media)
February 9, 2013 |
NBC and Olympics sportscaster Bob Costas and his wife, Jill Sutton, have bought a house in a gated community in Newport Coast for $4.7 million. The more than half-acre lot contains a main house, a guest casita, a saltwater swimming pool with spa, a cabana with a fireplace, a poolhouse with a kitchen and brick patios. There are four bedrooms, six bathrooms and 4,534 square feet of living space. Costas, 60, has hosted nine Olympic Games. Susan Scanlan and Darcy Ricci of Coldwell Banker Previews International were the listing agents.
February 14, 2014 |
With Bob Costas still recovering from an eye infection, former "Today" cohost Meredith Vieira will anchor NBC's prime-time and late-night coverage Friday of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "It's an honor to fill in for him," Vieira said Friday morning on "Today. " "You think about the Olympics, and you think the athletes and then Bob Costas. " Costas, who had anchored NBC's coverage of the Winter and Summer Games without interruption since 1988, was sidelined earlier this week by the infection, which left his eyes red and sensitive to bright studio lights and proved distracting for many viewers.
November 20, 2013 |
A familiar face will anchor NBC's coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics this winter. To no one's surprise, the network announced Wednesday that Bob Costas will serve as host for prime-time and late-night telecasts. Costas has served as lead man for every Olympics that NBC has broadcast since 1992. He headed coverage at the 2012 London Games that drew 217 million viewers, making it the most-watched television event in U.S. history. The Olympics, he said in a statement, "are a three-week miniseries which, if done well, should bring viewers not only compelling athletic performances, but a sense of the host city and country, and an appreciation of what is truly a global gathering.