Trek '09 was only good when you compare it to Voyager, or Enterprise, or Nemesis.
On it's own, it wasn't that great.
Right, that's why it outperformed every other version by a hundred miles.
Why does comparison even matter in terms of how many people saw it? If people make decisions on quality based on how popular something is, then said people need to take a lesson in thinking for themselves. Otherwise they should just accept that Twilight: New Moon is a better movie than Star Trek just because it performed better...