My personal interest in this feature is that sometimes a question topic might be started that receives no replies. On forums which have the view count in place it reassures me to know that at least people are reading my question - that the "0 reply" is merely because nobody has a useful answer to contribute to my query, and not because I worded my topic title in a daft way that did not draw the attention of readers who might potentially have some knowledge to assist me.
And for me as a forum browser, when I see help requests with no/low view counts it sometimes prompts me to go read a topic to see why nobody is helping this poor bugger - even if it's a subject I am not that familiar with.
Hope that makes sense? Cheers for reading :o)