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Long-Term Debt - Schedule of Long-Term Debt (Details)

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Long-Term Debt - Schedule of Long-Term Debt (Details) - USD ($)
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2018
Dec. 31, 2017
Sep. 30, 2016
Feb. 29, 2016
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt on condensed consolidated balance sheet $ 1,722,336,000 $ 1,718,297,000    
Less current portion of long-term debt (11,000,000) (11,000,000)    
Long-term debt 1,711,336,000 1,707,297,000    
Senior Notes | Senior Notes 9.125 Percent Due 2020        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt on condensed consolidated balance sheet $ 580,536,000 580,026,000    
Debt interest rate 9.125%      
Effective interest rate 9.50%      
Ascent Intercompany Loan | Promissory Note Due to Ascent Capital due October 2020        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt on condensed consolidated balance sheet $ 12,000,000 [1] 12,000,000 [1]   $ 12,000,000
Effective interest rate 12.50%     9.868%
Term Loan | Term Loan Due September 2022        
Debt Instrument [Line Items]        
Total debt on condensed consolidated balance sheet $ 1,058,020,000 1,059,598,000    
Effective interest rate 7.70%      
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 on condensed consolidated balance sheet $ 71,780,000 $ 66,673,000    
Effective interest rate 6.00%      
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%      
[1] The effective rate was 9.868% until February 29, 2016.