FL Network, CBS, NBC and Twitter announced the Thursday Night Football primetime broadcast schedule for the 2016 NFL season today. This season marks the first year that NBC has joined NFL Network and CBS to broadcast Thursday Night Football, as well as the first season of a new streaming partnership with Twitter.

Presented by Bud Light, the slate of 18 regular season Thursday Night Football games kicks off with Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills hosting the New York Jets on Thursday, September 15 on CBS (simulcast on NFL Network and streamed on Twitter) and features 13 Divisional matchups and 11 playoff teams from 2015. All 18 regular season Thursday Night Football games will be televised nationally by NFL Network, either exclusively or as a simulcast of the respective CBS or NBC broadcast.

CBS and NBC are each scheduled to broadcast five Thursday Night Football games, with NFL Network scheduled to televise eight games — including two Saturday games and two Sunday games. Both CBS and NBC will produce Thursday Night Football with their lead broadcasters and production teams and both will contribute to the production of Thursday Night Football exclusively on NFL Network.

Twitter will stream the 10 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by CBS and NBC and simulcast by NFL Network, providing free, live streaming video without authentication to the over 800 million registered and non-registered users worldwide on the Twitter platform on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs. In addition to streaming the games, the Twitter partnership includes in-game highlights from Thursday Night Football and unique Periscope live streams, giving fans an immersive experience.

All Thursday Night Football games kickoff at 8:25 p.m., with the exception of the New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 23 from London (Week 7) and the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 25 (Week 16). Both games will be televised nationally by NFL Network. (All times Eastern)

The entire 18-game Thursday Night Football schedule will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers. NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream all Thursday night games that air on NBC via TV Everywhere.

The Thursday Night Football schedule on CBS, simulcast on NFL Network and streamed on Twitter includes:

September 15 (Week 2): New York Jets at Buffalo
September 22 (Week 3): Houston at New England
October 6 (Week 5): Arizona at San Francisco
October 13 (Week 6): Denver at San Diego
October 20 (Week 7): Chicago at Green Bay

The Thursday Night Football schedule on NBC, simulcast on NFL Network and streamed on Twitter includes:

November 17 (Week 11): New Orleans at Carolina
December 1 (Week 13): Dallas at Minnesota
December 8 (Week 14) Oakland at Kansas City
December 15 (Week 15): Los Angeles at Seattle
December 22 (Week 16): New York Giants at Philadelphia

The Thursday Night Football schedule on NFL Network includes:

September 29 (Week 4): Miami at Cincinnati
October 23 (Week 7): New York Giants at Los Angeles (Sunday)
October 27 (Week 8): Jacksonville at Tennessee
November 3 (Week 9): Atlanta at Tampa Bay
November 10 (Week 10): Cleveland at Baltimore
December 17 (Week 15): Miami at New York Jets (Saturday)
December 24 (Week 16): Cincinnati at Houston (Saturday)
December 25 (Week 16): Baltimore at Pittsburgh (Sunday)

About Thursday Night Football: Thursday Night Football started in 2006 with an eight-game schedule exclusively
on NFL Network. By 2012, Thursday Night Football had grown to a 13-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network, where it remained through the 2013 season. For both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, CBS partnered with NFL Network to present an expanded 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule.

In February of 2016, the NFL announced that both CBS and NBC would broadcast five Thursday Night Football games, growing the package to 10 broadcast games in 2016 and 2017 from eight in 2014 and 2015.

For the 16 games of the 2015 schedule, Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network (and over-the-air stations) averaged a 7.9 HH rating and 13.0 million viewers, up +59% and +61% respectively from 2013 when there were 13 games solely on NFL Network. The 2015 season was the most-watched and highest-rated Thursday Night Football season ever.

Popularity of NFL Games: NFL content has never been more popular across the media landscape. According to the Nielsen Company, 199 million people tuned into the 2015 NFL regular season representing 78 percent of all television homes and 67 percent of potential viewers in the U.S. NFL games accounted for the top 25 and 46 of the 50 most-watched TV shows among all programming in 2015.

2016 Thursday Night Football Schedule

Week 2: Thursday, September 15 – New York Jets at Buffalo (CBS/NFL Network/Twitter)
Week 3: Thursday, September 22 – Houston at New England (CBS/NFL Network/Twitter)
Week 4: Thursday, September 29 – Miami at Cincinnati (NFL Network)
Week 5: Thursday, October 6 – Arizona at San Francisco (CBS/NFL Network/Twitter)
Week 6: Thursday, October 13 – Denver at San Diego (CBS/NFL Network/Twitter)
Week 7: Thursday, October 20 – Chicago at Green Bay (CBS/NFL Network/Twitter)
Week 7: Sunday, October 23 – New York Giants at Los Angeles (NFL Network)(Game in London)
Week 8: Thursday, October 27 – Jacksonville at Tennessee (NFL Network)
Week 9: Thursday, November 3 – Atlanta at Tampa Bay (NFL Network)
Week 10: Thursday, November 10 – Cleveland at Baltimore (NFL Network)
Week 11: Thursday, November 17 – New Orleans at Carolina (NBC/NFL Network/Twitter)
Week 13: Thursday, December 1 – Dallas at Minnesota (NBC/NFL Network/Twitter)
Week 14: Thursday, December 8 – Oakland at Kansas City (NBC/NFL Network/Twitter)
Week 15: Thursday, December 15 – Los Angeles at Seattle (NBC/NFL Network/Twitter)
Week 15: Saturday, December 17 – Miami at New York Jets (NFL Network)
Week 16: Thursday, December 22 – New York Giants at Philadelphia (NBC/NFL Network/Twitter)
Week 16: Saturday, December 24 – Cincinnati at Houston (NFL Network)
Week 16: Sunday, December 25 – Baltimore at Pittsburgh (NFL Network)

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