SOURCE: NetRatings, Inc.

October 10, 2006 16:00 ET

NetRatings Special Committee to Consider VNU Proposal

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- NetRatings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRT), a global leader in Internet media and market research, announced today that a special committee of independent directors has been appointed to evaluate the previously announced proposal by VNU to purchase for $16.00 in cash each share of NetRatings common stock that it does not currently own. The special committee has been granted the full authority of the board of directors of NetRatings to evaluate VNU's proposal. The special committee has retained Lehman Brothers as its financial advisor and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as its legal counsel.

There can be no assurance that any agreement will result from the special committee's evaluation or negotiation of the proposal. Interested parties are urged to read relevant documents when and if filed by NetRatings with the Securities and Exchange Commission because they will contain important information. Free copies of any such documents filed by NetRatings will be available on the SEC's web site at and also in the investor relations section of

About NetRatings

NetRatings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRT) delivers leading Internet media and market research solutions, marketed globally under the Nielsen//NetRatings brand. With high quality, technology-driven products and services, Nielsen//NetRatings enables clients to make informed business decisions regarding their online strategies. The Nielsen//NetRatings product portfolio includes panel-based and site-centric Internet audience measurement services, online advertising intelligence, user lifestyle, demographic and product brand preferences data, Internet reach and frequency planning tools, and custom data, research and analysis. For more information, visit

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