CBS will broadcast the first eight Thursday Night Football games which also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise eight 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 on all Thursday night games. The pregame, halftime and postgame shows will continue to feature NFL Network and CBS Sports hosts and analysts.
Thursday Night Football was a mixed bag in the ratings in its broadcast debut last season. It qualified as the lowest-rated primetime NFL package on broadcast television since 2008. There were several blowouts among the games, which didn’t help. Still, football did bring sizable primetime audiences to CBS, something that only top entertainment programming like CBS’ Thursday comedy The Big Bang Theory can deliver, and the network was pursuing a renewal.
“The benefits of Thursday Night Football are evident across our Corporation, including a strengthened primetime lineup that has built on its number one position,” said CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves. “The NFL continues to be the best premium content in the business, and we look forward to another year of our expanded partnership in 2015/16, a season that will culminate with Super Bowl 50 on CBS.”
Additionally, NFL and CBS will partner to develop of new programming initiatives across the various CBS and NFL platforms.
In addition to Thursday Night Football in 2015, CBS will conclude its 56th year broadcasting the NFL with its exclusive presentation of Super Bowl 50 from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2016.