Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Stock-based and Long-Term Compensation (Details)

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Stock-based and Long-Term Compensation (Details) (USD $)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2013
Dec. 31, 2012
Assumptions used in the Black-Scholes model to determine grant date fair value    
Dividend rate (as a percent) 0.00%  
Additional disclosures    
Total compensation cost related to unvested equity awards $ 4,162,000  
Period to recognize compensation cost 4 years  
Restricted Stock Awards | Class A Common Stock | Ascent Capital Group, Inc.
   
Number of restricted stock awards    
Outstanding at the beginning of the period (in shares) 77,689  
Granted (in shares) 9,706  
Vested (in shares) (15,410)  
Cancelled (in shares) (5,308)  
Outstanding at the end of the period (in shares) 66,677  
Weighted average fair value ("WAFV")    
Outstanding at the beginning of the period (in dollars per share) $ 43.91  
Granted (in dollars per share) $ 86.53  
Vested (in dollars per share) $ 81.17  
Cancelled (in dollars per share) $ 45.74  
Outstanding at the end of the period (in dollars per share) $ 48.36  
Restricted Stock Awards | Class A Common Stock | Ascent Capital Group, Inc. | Low end of the range
   
Stock-based compensation    
Vesting period 4 years  
Restricted Stock Awards | Class A Common Stock | Ascent Capital Group, Inc. | High end of the range
   
Stock-based compensation    
Vesting period 5 years  
Stock option | Class A Common Stock | Ascent Capital Group, Inc.
   
Assumptions used in the Black-Scholes model to determine grant date fair value    
Risk-free interest rate (as a percent)   0.89%
Expected life   4 years 9 months 4 days
Dividend rate (as a percent)   0.00%
Volatility factor (as a percent)   43.00%
Number of options    
Outstanding at beginning of period (in shares) 250,447  
Exercised (in shares) 3,605  
Forfeited (in shares) (16,875)  
Outstanding at end of period (in shares) 229,967 250,447
Exercisable at the end of the period (in shares) 34,042  
Weighted average exercise price ("WAEP")    
Outstanding at the beginning of the period (in dollars per share) $ 49.38  
Exercised (in dollars per share) $ 48.93  
Forfeited (in dollars per share) $ 49.37  
Outstanding at the end of the period (in dollars per share) $ 49.39 $ 49.38
Exercisable at the end of the period (in dollars per share) $ 48.41  
Additional disclosures    
Intrinsic value of option outstanding (in dollars) 8,319,000  
Intrinsic value of option exercisable (in dollars) $ 1,237,000  
Weighted average remaining contractual life of options outstanding 4 years 6 months  
Weighted average remaining contractual life of options exercisable 4 years 3 months