NBC, the network that brought us “The West Wing” returned to the White House Monday night in a sneak preview of “1600 Penn.” NBC hopes the new comedy about a hapless First Family will fill the gaping holes about to be opened up on its schedule with the shuttering of “The Office” and “30 Rock.”

‘1600 Penn’: Bill Pullman as President Dale Gilchrist. (NBC/JORDIN ALTHAUS/NBC)

While that’s nowhere near the 11 million people the opening of NBC’s comedy “Up All Night” clocked last season when it followed an episode of reality series “America’s Got Talent” (which, BTW, is talking about Rosie O’Donnell about replacing Sharon Osbourne as a judge), which had scored 17 million viewers that night, the “1600 Penn” numbers are considered respectable, given that scripted shows and competition series don’t attract the same crowds.

And, viewers may not have been much in the mood, at this exactly moment in time, for a silly comedy about the president, his ridiculous family, and little school children visiting the White House.