Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Long-Term Debt - Narrative (Details)

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Long-Term Debt - Narrative (Details) - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Feb. 29, 2016
Dec. 31, 2017
Dec. 31, 2016
Dec. 31, 2015
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Proceeds from long-term debt     $ 187,950,000 $ 1,280,700,000 $ 778,000,000
Long-term Debt     1,718,297,000 1,698,778,000  
Revolving Credit Facility          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Line of credit     68,500,000    
Remaining borrowing on line of credit     $ 226,500,000    
LIBOR | Revolving Credit Facility          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Unused capacity fee for line of credit     0.50%    
Principal Owner          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Related party, approved principal amount contribution   $ 88,000,000      
Ascent Capital          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Proceeds from long-term debt     $ 187,950,000 1,280,700,000  
Senior Notes | Senior Notes 9.125 Percent Due 2020          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Principal     $ 585,000,000    
Stated interest rate on debt     9.125%    
Deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization     $ 4,974,000    
Long-term Debt     $ 580,026,000 578,078,000  
Effective interest rate     9.50%    
Promissory Note | 9.868% Promissory Note to Ascent Capital due October 1, 2020          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Long-term Debt   $ 12,000,000 $ 12,000,000 12,000,000  
Effective interest rate   9.868% 12.50%    
Promissory Note | 9.868% Promissory Note to Ascent Capital due October 1, 2020 | Ascent Capital          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Stated interest rate on debt   12.50%      
Proceeds from long-term debt   $ 100,000,000      
Term Loan | Interest Rate Swap | Designated as Hedging Instrument          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Effective weighted average interest rate on borrowings     7.18%    
Term Loan | Term Loan Due September 2022          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Principal $ 1,100,000,000   $ 1,086,250,000    
Long-term Debt     $ 1,059,598,000 1,066,130,000  
Effective interest rate     7.20%    
Debt discount on purchase price, percentage 1.50%        
Line of credit facility, periodic payment     $ 2,750,000    
Springing maturity period     181 days    
Term Loan | Term Loan Due September 2022 | LIBOR          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Basis spread on variable debt     5.50%    
Floor on variable debt     1.00%    
Term Loan | Term Loan Due March, 2018          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Repayments of debt $ 403,784,000        
Term Loan | Term Loan Due April 2022          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Repayments of debt 543,125,000        
Revolving Credit Facility          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Line of credit facility, current borrowing capacity 315,000,000        
Repayments of lines of credit 138,900,000        
Deferred financing costs and unamortized discounts, net     $ 28,479,000    
Revolving Credit Facility | Revolving Credit Facility Due 2021          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Long-term Debt     $ 66,673,000 $ 42,570,000  
Effective interest rate     6.40%    
Maximum borrowing on line $ 295,000,000   $ 295,000,000    
Basis spread on variable debt     4.00%    
Springing maturity period     181 days    
Revolving Credit Facility | Revolving Credit Facility Due 2021 | LIBOR          
Debt Instrument [Line Items]          
Basis spread on variable debt     4.00%    
Floor on variable debt     1.00%