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Emergence from Bankruptcy - Narrative (Details)

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Emergence from Bankruptcy - Narrative (Details)
3 Months Ended
Sep. 01, 2019
USD ($)
Aug. 31, 2019
USD ($)
$ / shares
shares
May 24, 2019
USD ($)
Sep. 02, 2019
USD ($)
Sep. 30, 2019
USD ($)
$ / shares
shares
Aug. 30, 2019
USD ($)
$ / shares
shares
Dec. 31, 2018
USD ($)
$ / shares
shares
Dec. 31, 2017
USD ($)
$ / shares
shares
Line of Credit Facility [Line Items]                
Cash received from equity rights offering   $ 150,000,000            
Common stock received, equity rights offering   $ 100,000,000            
Long-term debt         $ 994,000,000   $ 1,816,450,000 $ 1,718,297,000
Senior note exchange, cash option, percentage of principal and accrued unpaid interest due   2.50%            
Senior note exchange, noncash option, percentage of common stock issued and outstanding   18.00%            
Cash received, equity rights offering and other       $ 200,000,000        
Deemed contribution of cash on hand received through merger $ 23,000,000   $ 23,000,000          
Common stock, authorized shares (in shares) | shares         45,000,000 45,000,000 1,000 1,000
Common stock, outstanding shares (in shares) | shares   22,500,000     22,500,000   1,000 1,000
Common stock, par value (in dollars per share) | $ / shares   $ 0.01     $ 0.01 $ 0.01 $ 0.01 $ 0.01
Preferred stock, authorized shares (in shares) | shares         5,000,000 5,000,000    
Preferred stock, par value (in dollars per share) | $ / shares         $ 0.01 $ 0.01    
Common stock, issued shares (in shares) | shares   22,500,000     22,500,000 22,500,000 1,000 1,000
Percentage of former shareholder ownership after reorganization   5.82%            
Ascent Capital Former Shareholders                
Line of Credit Facility [Line Items]                
Common stock, par value (in dollars per share) | $ / shares           $ 0.01    
Common stock, issued shares (in shares) | shares           1,309,757    
Conversion ratio           0.1043086    
DIP Facility                
Line of Credit Facility [Line Items]                
Extinguishment of debt   $ 245,000,000            
Senior Notes                
Line of Credit Facility [Line Items]                
Extinguishment of debt   $ 585,000,000            
Liabilities subject to compromise, debt           $ 585,000,000    
Senior Notes | Senior Notes 9.125 Percent Due 2020                
Line of Credit Facility [Line Items]                
Interest rate on debt   9.125%         9.125%  
Debt instrument, face amount             $ 585,000,000  
Long-term debt             $ 585,000,000 $ 580,026,000
Line of Credit | Revolving Credit Facility                
Line of Credit Facility [Line Items]                
Borrowing capacity   $ 145,000,000            
Term Loan                
Line of Credit Facility [Line Items]                
Debt instrument, face amount   150,000,000            
Liabilities subject to compromise, debt   1,072,500,000       $ 1,072,500,000    
Takeback Loan Facility                
Line of Credit Facility [Line Items]                
Long-term debt   $ 822,500,000