NCIS airs its 300th episode tonight

Jeff Pfeiffer

It’s the No. 1 TV drama series in the United States and around the world, and has launched two successful spinoffs set in Los Angeles and New Orleans. Now, CBS’ NCIS airs its milestone 300th episode tonight at 8pm ET.

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In the episode titled “Scope,” the NCIS team re-examines an ambush on a group of special ops snipers in Iraq after an American couple is attacked in the same area six months later. When Gibbs (Mark Harmon, pictured right) discovers he needs the account of the lone survivor Marine Gunnery Sergeant Aaron Davis (guest star Taye Diggs, pictured left), he tries to connect with the wounded warrior, who is being treated for post-traumatic stress syndrome at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Laura San Giacomo returns in this episode to guest-star as Grace Confalone (pictured center). The episode also features a special performance by the MusiCorps Band, part of a music rehabilitation program for wounded veterans.

Three hundred episodes are nothing for NCIS, as it will continue on for another two years at least — last month, the show was renewed for two more years beyond its current 13th season, and star/executive producer Mark Harmon also signed a new two-year deal. According to CBS, NCIS averages 20.47 million viewers, and is on pace to finish the season as network television’s No. 1 drama for the seventh consecutive year. Internationally, the series is licensed in more than 200 markets, and is a top-performing U.S. series in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK, among other countries.

The 300th episode of NCIS airs March 15 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.

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