That makes no sense 🤔 The search plugin has nothing to do with themes or skins. Do you have any errors in your logs after you disable the plugin and restart the forum? What about when you run ./nodebb build and restart is everything working after that?
The "top downloads" pie chart is a little misleading, actually. The package manager itself doesn't have any visibility on package downloads because those are done through npm, and not nbbpm itself. What it does track is how many people ask nbbpm to suggest a version to download.
For example, if you run v1.8.1 and you want to download a plugin, the latest version might not be compatible, so the ACP will query nbbpm for a suggested version. That's counted as a "download" (since the "suggest" call is done behind the scenes and is opaque to the end user).
So you could be seeing true downloads... people downloading your plugins... or someone's just hammering GET /api/v1/suggest?package=nodebb-plugin-prometheus a lot 😄