CBS to Air 8 'Thursday Night Football' Games in Fall 2014

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February 5th, 2014

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CBS and NFL Network to Each Televise Eight Games


Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to Broadcast Thursday Night Games


NEW YORK – The National Football League will team with long-time broadcast partner CBS to produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2014 season, it was announced today by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, CBS Corporation President and CEO Leslie Moonves and CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus.


CBS will air eight early season games that also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also televise eight late-season games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday.


The full slate of 16 regular-season games will be produced by CBS with its lead broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, on all Thursday night games. In a new twist, NFL Network hosts and analysts will be featured in the pregame, halftime and postgame shows along with CBS Sports announcers.


The agreement is for the 2014 season with an additional year at the NFL’s option.


“NFL Network built Thursday into a night for NFL fans,” said Goodell. “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.”


“We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights,” said Moonves. “CBS is a premium content company and the NFL represents the best premium content there is. I look forward to all this new deal will do for us not only on Thursday nights, but across our entire schedule.”


“The NFL is the most powerful programming in television,” said McManus. “To add a primetime NFL package to our successful Sunday AFC package further strengthens our position in the sports marketplace. We look forward to having Jim and Phil and our top production team showcased in primetime on Thursday nights.”


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  • forg

    It is just 8 weeks, 2 months its either Thu comedies will start early then break or air later and enjoy new episode of TBBS for midseason. But TBBT moving back to mondays is logical as well since with HIMYM ending, they need a big show to anchor that but then again Thursday had more advertising premium right with the movie ads?

  • It depends on what fails

    Comedies airing at 10 PM? This never worked.

  • JG4

    Neither have Hostages or Intelligence. Face it; it might actually be the fix CBS needs in that timeslot.

  • TT

    No, it was stated ABC wanted it for network television. They needed it for their Thursday night deadzone. That was the point of all networks bidding. The NFL wanted more #’s than they’re currently getting on cable/satellite. That’s why they went with one season with option for another. If they #’s are good, they will continue.

  • Andrew43

    I’d oppose for their Thursday Night deadzone considering that’s where they have their two-biggest dramas. The only real problem was the 8 p.m.. But I see what you mean.

  • tjw

    I can’t see them postponing their #1 show (and one that still posts ridiculous numbers in repeats) until November. Maybe they’ll shift their Wednesday schedule around and try to kill ABC’s Wednesday comedies the way they killed NBC’s Thursday comedies.

  • rhicxxi

    This is… unexpected. ABC and FOX should have pushed more for this.

  • Andrew43

    And what would happen to Survivor, Criminal Minds?

  • Ivan Ivanov

    8 week hitatus for TBBT?

  • tjw

    Start them in November on Thursday after NFL ends. Maybe they find a different home for Survivor (Mondays at 10? Sundays?) but something is going to have to be postponed until November and I’d argue that it makes more sense to do that with aging dramas than with your superstar comedy.

  • Andrew43

    I could see them moving their superstar comedy to 8 p.m. on Mondays, in case 2 Broke Girl isn’t strong enough to anchor the night.

  • erin


  • Potato

    Ok, site moderators. Can we get an early scoop on your thoughts? How does this affect CBS comedies? The other networks?

  • Kev29

    The rich get richer.

  • Kev29

    NBC should have REALLY pushed for this. And a 52 week NFL schedule.

  • Tony JJ

    WHATT?????? I find it hard to believe CBS wants to give up their winning Thursdays for only EIGHT football games. Is this for sure going to air on CBS and not cable network?

  • tjw

    That wouldn’t be surprising. Maybe they hold off How I Met Your Dad and launch that in November with a returning comedy.

  • Dan S

    Wow I didn’t see this coming. CBS is going to look a lot different in the fall. There’s no way TBBT gets delayed until Nov. I’m guessing it’ll shift to Wed & Survivor back to Thur after Football is ended. I don’t think they’ll stick with 2 hrs & drop 1 hr shoring up their Mon block. Say buh bye to Crazy 1’s & 2.5 Men.

  • TT

    Network TV. They wanted it more to keep the competition from the other networks. They still have their big shows and now the NFL.

  • Jane

    This is annoying because it’s the same games that are already on the NFL network. Why put them on cbs? I only care because I love Big bang and Elementary.

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