I'm sure that not all people read all the articles, that the "hit count" on each article is different.
Just because they rush in to read satirical pieces doesn't mean they'll rush in to read not-so-funny commentary.
Actually, that sort of thing (like the serious articles Zechs and BlueStreak have written on DC's Toxic Characters bullcrap) have done extremely well. I honestly think there would be an audience for the occasional well written piece of editorial criticism, and Blue and I both remarked on your last piece that you are a good writer when not devoting your energy toward making obnxiously long retorts to others' posts.
Hell, maybe you and Amoebas could do an ongoing point - counter point type of thing, or you could have a rotating series of guests to debate with in a new version of Vs. We should discuss the possibilities.