Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Long-Term Debt - Narrative (Details)

v3.19.1
Long-Term Debt - Narrative (Details) - USD ($)
1 Months Ended 12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Feb. 29, 2016
Jan. 31, 2019
Dec. 31, 2018
Dec. 31, 2017
Dec. 31, 2016
Debt Instrument [Line Items]            
Long-term debt       $ 1,816,450,000 $ 1,718,297,000  
Repayment of debt       184,100,000 175,250,000 $ 1,238,059,000
Letter of Credit            
Debt Instrument [Line Items]            
Maximum borrowing on line       600,000    
Revolving Credit Facility            
Debt Instrument [Line Items]            
Line of credit       144,200,000    
Remaining borrowing on line of credit       $ 50,200,000    
Springing maturity period       181 days    
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        
Principal Owner | Subsequent Event            
Debt Instrument [Line Items]            
Related party, approved principal amount contribution     $ 2,250,000      
Ascent Capital            
Debt Instrument [Line Items]            
Repayment of debt       $ 184,100,000 175,250,000 $ 1,238,059,000
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       $ 2,870,000    
Long-term debt       $ 585,000,000 580,026,000  
Effective interest rate       9.50%    
Promissory Note, Intercompany | 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       12.50%    
Promissory Note, Intercompany | 9.868% Promissory Note to Ascent Capital due October 1, 2020 | Subsequent Event            
Debt Instrument [Line Items]            
Repayment of debt     $ 9,750,000      
Promissory Note, Intercompany | 9.868% Promissory Note to Ascent Capital due October 1, 2020 | Ascent Capital            
Debt Instrument [Line Items]            
Stated interest rate on debt   12.50%        
Extinguishment of debt   $ 100,000,000        
Term Loan | Interest Rate Swap | Designated as Hedging Instrument            
Debt Instrument [Line Items]            
Effective weighted average interest rate on borrowings       8.08%    
Term Loan | Term Loan Due September 2022            
Debt Instrument [Line Items]            
Principal $ 1,100,000,000     $ 1,075,250,000    
Long-term debt       $ 1,075,250,000 1,059,598,000  
Effective interest rate       8.30%    
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%    
Revolving Credit Facility            
Debt Instrument [Line Items]            
Deferred financing costs and unamortized discounts, net       $ 23,215,000    
Revolving Credit Facility | Revolving Credit Facility Due 2021            
Debt Instrument [Line Items]            
Long-term debt       $ 144,200,000 $ 66,673,000  
Effective interest rate       4.80%    
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%