What Is the Typical TV Schedule for NFL Football?


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A typical NFL regular season week television schedule is composed of one Thursday night game, multiple Sunday games and a Monday night game. The games are split between FOX, CBS, ESPN, NBC and the NFL Network, as of 2015.

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The NFL week kicks off with the Thursday night game, which always begins at 8:25 p.m. Eastern Time. The first eight weeks of Thursday Night Football are broadcast on both CBS and the NFL Network, but weeks nine to 16 are only shown on the NFL Network, which requires a cable or satellite television subscription. The Sunday games begin at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and a new batch begins shortly after 4 p.m. Day games are split between FOX and CBS, but NBC handles the prime time game at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Whether a game is broadcast on FOX or CBS depends on the away team; if the away team hails from the American Football Conference, CBS handles the broadcast, but if the away team is from the National Football Conference, FOX gets the game.

The Monday night game typically starts at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time and is currently broadcast on ESPN. It has become customary to hold two Monday night games during the first week of the season and on other important weeks of the season, such as the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2015, during which one game is scheduled to air on ESPN and another on NBC.

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