Looks like Sheldon Cooper may have to find a new night next fall.

CBS will air eight NFL games early in the fall on Thursdays, the network and the league announced Wednesday.

Those games will be simulcast on the NFL Network, which then will provide eight games later in the season. Those late-season games will include two on Saturday nights.

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


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CBS is the most-watched network this season, and this NFL deal should do great things for the network next season, because the NFL is the one sure draw in TV these days.

The deal is for next season with an additional year at the NFL's option, the parties said.

CBS Corp. President and CEO Leslie Moonves announced that CBS was "very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights."

The network will produce the full slate of games in the deal. CBS' Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be on all Thursday games. But NFL Network hosts and analysts will be featured in pregame, halftime and postgame with CBS Sports announcers.

Moonves crowed about the deal. "CBS is a premium content company, and the NFL represents the best premium content there is," he said. "I look forward to all this new deal will do for us not only on Thursday nights, but across our entire schedule."

Skip Valet, general manager at CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 in Orlando, was thrilled by the deal. "This is fantastic news for the football fans in our viewing audience," he said. "NFL football is the best product in professional sports, and a ratings winner week in and week out. CBS does a fantastic job producing NFL football games, and this is a tremendous addition to our network's prime time."

Valet said he was happy to have the eight prime-time games in addition to the Sunday NFL lineup.