Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Long-Term Debt - Schedule of Long Term Debt (Details)

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Long-Term Debt - Schedule of Long Term Debt (Details) - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Dec. 31, 2016
Sep. 30, 2016
Feb. 29, 2016
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt on consolidated balance sheet $ 1,718,297,000 $ 1,698,778,000    
Less current portion of long-term debt (11,000,000) (11,000,000)    
Long-term debt 1,707,297,000 1,687,778,000    
Senior Notes | Senior Notes 9.125 Percent Due 2020        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt on consolidated balance sheet $ 580,026,000 578,078,000    
Stated interest rate on debt 9.125%      
Effective interest rate 9.50%      
Promissory Note | Promissory Note Due to Ascent Capital October 2020        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt on consolidated balance sheet $ 12,000,000 12,000,000   $ 12,000,000
Effective interest rate 12.50%     9.868%
Term Loan | Term Loan Due September 2022        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt on consolidated balance sheet $ 1,059,598,000 1,066,130,000    
Effective interest rate 7.20%      
Term Loan | Term Loan Due September 2022 | LIBOR        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Spread on variable debt 5.50%      
Floor on variable debt 1.00%      
Revolving Credit Facility | Revolving Credit Facility Due 2021        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt on consolidated balance sheet $ 66,673,000 $ 42,570,000    
Effective interest rate 6.40%      
Spread on variable debt 4.00%      
Borrowing capacity $ 295,000,000   $ 295,000,000  
Revolving Credit Facility | Revolving Credit Facility Due 2021 | LIBOR        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Spread on variable debt 4.00%      
Floor on variable debt 1.00%