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Debt - Schedule of Long-Term Debt (Details)

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Debt - Schedule of Long-Term Debt (Details) - USD ($)
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Dec. 31, 2018
Sep. 30, 2016
Feb. 29, 2016
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt carrying value $ 1,838,900,000 $ 1,816,450,000    
Less: Current portion of long-term debt, not subject to compromise (181,400,000) (1,816,450,000)    
Long-term debt subject to compromise 1,657,500,000 0    
Less: Amounts reclassified to Liabilities subject to compromise (1,657,500,000) 0    
Long-term debt 0 0    
Senior Notes | Senior Notes 9.125 Percent Due 2020        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt carrying value $ 585,000,000 585,000,000    
Debt interest rate 9.125%      
Effective interest rate 9.10%      
Ascent Intercompany Loan | Promissory Note Due to Ascent Capital due October 2020        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt carrying value $ 0 12,000,000   $ 12,000,000
Effective interest rate 12.50%      
Term Loan | Term Loan Due September 2022        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt carrying value $ 1,072,500,000 1,075,250,000    
Effective interest rate 8.60%      
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 | Revolving Credit Facility Due 2021        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt carrying value $ 181,400,000 $ 144,200,000    
Effective interest rate 7.50%      
Maximum borrowing on line $ 295,000,000   $ 295,000,000  
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%