That sounds like good news, Paul. Better news would be if you went with best hubs so that people could see right up front the very best we have to offer here and hopefully be enticed to enter the site and read more!
I don't read or not read an article based on how many comments it has. I read it based on whether or not the topic interests me, and if it is well written, I will read it through to the end. The only time I make a decision based on the comments is if I see many comments, and the author has not had the courtesy to reply even a 'thank you' to the people who took the time to comment. In those cases, I won't bother to comment. If the article was especially thought-provoking, I will probably read through the comments to see what others' take was, and, based on my prior statement, make a comment of my own.
I rarely comment on a hub unless I can add something meaningful to it. I've gotten to a point where I won't comment on my own hub just to say "thank you". If I don't have anything meaningful to add to whatever someone said, I will leave it alone. Of course I am grateful for the comment and support, but I don't like a page full of my comments on it, because I want the reader to see a lot of other opinions too. Most of the articles I read that are not on HubPages aren't littered with the author's comments. Most of the time, the author only replies to one or two comments and that is mostly to answer questions, etc.
I don't read an article based on how many comments it has either.
I'd like to think the title and subsequent image have more to do with interest than how many comments it has although there are instances where hundreds or thousands of comments might intrigue me even if the topic doesn't.